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'
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.
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
Heartbroken— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 20, 2017
Just hours ago, Linkin Park also released the music video for their new single Talking To Myself.
Tributes are pouring in for Chester.
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
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
The news about Chester Bennington is devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and @linkinpark. Such a tragic loss— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 20, 2017
RIP The legend Chester. You were were and will continue to be a huge inspiration to us.— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) July 20, 2017
"A Thousand Suns" got me through a horribly dark time. I'm indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 20, 2017
artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) July 20, 2017
... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester's family/band/friends/fans.— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) July 20, 2017
So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
Saddened to hear of the passing of Chester Bennington and the talent that goes with him. Thoughts are with family and loved ones.— Hozier (@Hozier) July 21, 2017
We are deeply saddened by Chester's death. We loved him. Our condolences to Chester's family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones.— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) July 20, 2017
love you Chester. love you more than you know. music will never be the same without u...I'm honored to have shared these moments. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2YCtszgwXG— Young Gunner (@machinegunkelly) July 20, 2017