Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Commits Suicide At Age 41

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide at the age of 41, ET Canada can confirm.

A spokesperson for the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirms to ET that Bennington has died. His death is currently being investigated as a possible suicide. The coroner is currently on the scene in Palos Verdes Estates, CA investigating. No further details are available at this time.

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Law enforcement tells TMZ, who broke the story, Bennington was found hanged in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. The singer’s body was reportedly discovered shortly after 9 a.m. local time on Thursday.

Linkin Park’s co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed the tragic news, tweeting an official statement from the band will come later.

Cameron Strang, the CEO and Chairman of the band’s record label, Warner Bros. Records released a statement regarding Bennington’s death:

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends.  All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”

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The father of six had been open about his struggles with drug and alcohol and confessed he had considered suicide because he had been abused by an older male when he was a child, TMZ reports.

Bennington was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging in May. Bennington and Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson performed a moving cover of the late Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at his funeral.  July 20 would have marked Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Cornell’s widow, Vicky, tweeted, “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more” on news of his passing.

Linkin Park are in the middle of a world tour in support of their new album, One More Light, with scheduled tour stops in Toronto and Montreal planned for August. The band had scheduled concert dates with Blink-182 in New York and Pennsylvania next week.

Last week the band filmed a “Carpool Karaoke” segment with actor Ken Jeong for an upcoming segment of the Apple Music series.

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Hours before news of Bennington’s death broke, the band released a brand new music video on Thursday for their song “Talking To Myself”.

As news of Bennington’s death broke, tributes began pouring in online.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
 
The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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