Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the American Rock band Linkin Park, has sadly died according to recent reports.
Law enforcements confirmed to TMZ that the singer, aged 41, hanged himself at a private residence in LA County. He was found at around 9am Thursday morning.
Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. Dominating the scene with hit songs such as ‘Numb‘, ‘In the End‘ and ‘Crawling‘, Linkin Park really left their mark in the world of music and inspired many. The band weren’t bound by genre, collaborating with the Likes of Jay Z and Stormzy. Chesters vocals were iconic, raw and showed off a depth of emotion which helped shape the unique sound that saw Linkin Parks rise to fame.
Behind the scenes, Chester was married twice and had 6 children. The singer had previously mentioned his battle with drugs and alcohol and how in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
In a 2009 interview with Noisecreep, he revealed how he struggled to deal with the breakdown of his marriage to his wife of nine years. He said:
‘My life was falling apart in many ways that I was writing about on this record in terms of getting divorced, in terms of diving very hard into alcohol and drugs throughout this process.’
He revealed that Linkin Park’s hit Crawling was ‘about feeling like I have no control over myself in terms of drugs and alchohol.’
Chester went on: ‘It’s not cool to be an alcoholic — it’s not cool to go drink and be a dumbass. It’s cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I’ve been going through in one way or another.’
The world has been deeply moved by this news. And he will truly be missed by many.
Rest in Peace, Chester.