Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead at 41, Reportedly Commits Suicide
A law enforcement source told the website that the singer purportedly hanged himself in his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles just before 9 a.m. PT on Thursday (July 20). Bennington was the father of six children from from two different wives.
Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life and was a close friend to the late rocker Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Ironically, today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Linkin Park was influential nu-metal band that garnered several chart-topping hits including "One Step Closer," "In the End" and "Crawling" (from their diamond-selling 1996 debut album, Hybrid Theory). The group will later teamed up with JAY-Z for their 2004 collaborative EP, Collision Course.
Reps for Linkin Park have no comment on the matter. The story is still developing.