Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington found dead
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died of an apparent suicide by hanging Thursday morning (July 20th). He was 41. It was Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, who confirmed the death at his home, in Palos Verdes Estates.
Linkin Park fans could not believe to the news until yesterday evening, when another member of the group, Mike Shinoda, tweeted “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
So many among Bennington’s fans, peers and collaborators in music offered their condolences and shared their memories of the singer on social media, including Rihanna, Hayley Williams, Chance the Rapper, Ryan Adams, Pusha T and Jimmy Kimmel.
Bennington was born March 20th, 1976 in Phoenix, the son of a police officer. He had a rough childhood and was molested and beaten up by an older friend beginning around age seven. When he was 11, his parents divorced and he was forced to live with his father. He eventually discovered drugs, which he ditched in 1992, though addiction would creep back into his life later. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where he auditioned for the band that would become Linkin Park.
Bennington leaves behind a wife and six children from two wives. One of the children is adopted.