Forty-one-year-old Chester Bennington, the livewire lead singer of the hit hard-rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday at his Palos Verdes Estates residence in California. Law enforcement sources, apparently, confirmed to TMZ that the singer committed suicide by hanging himself.
Just two months ago in May, Bennington’s very close friend Chris Cornell, singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band “Soundgarden,” also committed suicide by hanging. Bennington wrote an open letter to his friend, on the day he died, thanking him for being an inspiration to him and wishing him peace in his “next life.”
Cornell would have turned 54 on Thursday – the day Bennington chose to end his short but eventful life.
Cornell’s widow Vicky expressed her grief in a tweet which read, “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break anymore…..I love you.”
“One More Light,” the most recent of the seven albums that Bennington did with Linkin Park, was released in May making it to the number one spot on the Billboard album chart.
Bennington had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and he was pretty much open about his indiscretions.
“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through my music,” he had said in an interview with “Noisecreep” in 2009. “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways ′cause I get to do something about it.”
The outpouring of grief started coming in from fellow artists, band mates, friends, and well wishers following the news of his death.
Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement that “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 bandmates and his many friends.”
Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Heart goes out to the entire Linkin Park family. Having a moment of silence.
— The Glitch Mob (@theglitchmob) July 20, 2017
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Saddened to hear of the passing of Chester from @linkinpark.
Another gifted voice silenced to the spirit in the sky-forever alive in song
— Tyson ritteR (@tysonritter) 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
Bennington experienced his first significant success in 2000 with Linkin Park’s debut album “Hybrid Theory,” which became an instant hit and shot him to fame and fortune. The Album went on to become the best-selling album of the decade achieving numbers that very few albums have ever managed – earning it the Diamond Certification by the Recording Industry Association of America in the process.
In 2005, Bennington formed his own parallel band calling it “Dead by Sunrise” and debuted in May 2008 with four songs rendered at Club Tattoo’s 13th-anniversary party in Tempe, Arizona. However, fans had to wait until October 2009 for the band’s first album.
By the way, Bennington was an ardent tattoo buff and a high school friend of Sean Dowdell, the owner of Club tattoo.
Amir Derakh of “Julien-K” and Ryan Shuck of “Orgy” were co-founding members of “Dead by Sunrise.”
Born – Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- First Wife – Samantha Marie Olit (1996–2005)
- Second Wife – Talinda Ann Bentley (2005–2017)
Bennington’s Major Albums
- No Sun Today – 1997
- Hybrid Theory – 2000
- Reanimation – 2002
- Meteora – 2003
- Collision Course – 2004
- Minutes to Midnight – 2007
- Road to Revolution – 2008
- Out of Ashes – 2009
- A Thousand Suns – 2010
- Living Things – 2012
- Recharged – 2013
- The Hunting Party – 2014
- Mall – 2014
- One More Light – 2017
- Crank – Played the part of Pharmacy Stoner
- Crank: High Voltage – Plays Hollywood Park Guy
- Saw 3D – Plays Evan
- Artifact – Plays himself
**Bennington has the distinction of being placed 46th in the “Top 100 Metal Vocalists” ranking by Hit Parader.