LOS ANGELES, Ca. - A Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has passed away. The singer is said to have hanged himself today at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. His body was discovered around 9am.
Bandmate, Mike Shinoda, tweeted, "shocked and heartbroken, but it's true."
Bennington was married and the father of six children. He openly spoke about drug and alcohol abuse problems throughout his life, possibly due to abuse from an older man when he was younger.
Linkin Park rose to fame with their album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The album continued to rise in popularity, eventually going 'diamond' in 2005, making it the best selling debut album of the decade. He also had his own band, Dead by Sunrise and stepped in to replace Stone Temple Pilot's frontman, Scott Wiland, in 2013.
Bennington was good friends with Chris Cornell, who he has also performed with. Cornell also committed suicide by hanging back in May. Bennington wrote an open letter to Cornell after his death on his twitter account. To read that letter, you can click here.
Linkin Park has yet to release an official statement regarding Bennington's death.
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