Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide, law enforcement sources confirmed. He was 41. Bennington hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates. His body was found just before 9 a.m. Thursday.


Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years and had said in the past he had considered committing suicide. The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.”His bandmate and fellow frontman for the band, Mike Shinoda, paid tribute to Chester just hours after the news broke. The rapper and singer wrote: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

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Bennington leaves behind six children from two marriages.

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