Please, PLEASE let this be fake news. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead in his home on July 20 after allegedly hanging himself, according to a devastating new report. He was only 41 years old.
This is beyond devastating. Chester Bennington, the man who single-handedly defined teen angst with songs like “Numb” and “One Step Closer,” allegedly committed suicide at the young age of 41 on July 20, according to TMZ. The publication claims the Linkin Park singer, who struggled with drugs and alcohol for years, was found dead after hanging himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered at 9AM. Chester leaves behind six children, wife Talinda Ann Bentley, and a monumental impact on the music industry.
What’s even more heartbreaking is that the rocker was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging. At the time of his death in May, Chester posted an emotional message to Facebook. “Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept,” he wrote. “I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family.” Linkin Park’s music was never the happy-go-lucky type, often reflecting on dark subjects like anxiety, depression, and a general resentment towards the outside world. Chester died on what would have been Chris’ 53rd birthday.
Their career was larger than life, as the band’s Meteora album was one of the biggest alternative albums in history. Their musical genre defined an entire decade of eyeliner-wearing teenagers and even crossed over into hip-hop after collaborating with JAY-Z. Earlier this year, Linkin Park dipped their toes in the pop pool and released “Heavy” with Kiiara — their most recent hit. Fans were looking forward to a new album.
UPDATE: Palos Verdes Estates Police released the following statement on Chester’s death to HollywoodLife.com: “On this date, (07/20/17) at 8:56am on the 2800 block of Via Victoria, we responded to a call and the case is currently under investigation by the LA County Coroner’s office.” Warner Bros CEO and Chairman, Cameron Strang, also commented: “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.”
HollywoodLifers, please keep Chester and his family in your thoughts during this emotional time.