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Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dead at 41

Tributes pour in for the singer. Linkin Park has also released the music video for 'Talking To Myself'

By Andrea Tim | Published: 21 Jul 2017

Tributes for Chester
Photo: Linkin Park

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was found dead on Thursday, aged 41.

LA County Coroners found him in his Palos Verdes Estates home, and are investigating his death as a possible suicide.

Chester, who co-founded the band in 1996, had six children. He was married to Talinda Bentley, with whom he had three children Tyler, Lilly and Lila. He also had a son Jaime from a previous relationship with Elka Brand, an adopted son named Isaiah and a son Draven from his previous marriage to Samantha Olit.

Chester had always been open about his troubled past – he told The Guardian in 2011 that being sexually abused as a child and having to deal with his parents' divorce were things that led to his drug abuse. Incidentally, he died on Audioslave's Chris Cornell birthday – he and Chris, who committed suicide in May, had been close friends.

Linkin Park released its first album Hybrid Theory in 2000 to rave reviews and it remains their best-selling album to date. Chester's fellow Linkin Park band members Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell addressed the sad news on Twitter, with Mike adding that the band will release a statement soon.

Just hours ago, Linkin Park also released the music video for their new single Talking To Myself.

Tributes are pouring in for Chester.


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