Chester Bennington, the frontman of Linkin Park, was found dead at his residence in Palos Verdes Estates at around 9 PM Thursday, July 20th. The singer was 41-years-old and law enforcements report that he hanged himself.
Chester is survived by 6 kids whom he had with two different wives.
It is believed that Chester was a longer sufferer of depression, stemming from childhood abuse. His traumatic upbringing caused him to resort to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain.
Fellow musician, Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist for the rock bands Audioslave and Soundgarden, was very close to Chester, and he too had committed suicide back in May 2017. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell’s wife, Vicky, tweeted:
Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more…..I love you T
— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) July 20, 2017
If you are unfamiliar with Linkin Park, the band is known for their edgy style, occasionally mixed with rap and screamo. “In the End”, “Faint”, “Crawling”, and “One Step Closer” are some of the band’s most famous songs, which led to Chester winning two Grammy’s with the group. Members of Linkin Park have tweeted:
— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 20, 2017
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester, you’re in a better place now and you will be missed. You transformed my musical tastes as a 12 year old and I will never forget rushing in line to purchase the Meteora album. Most importantly, however, we will never forget you.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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