Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Alternative Rock Band Linkin Park, was found dead in his private home in Los Angeles County by an apparent suicide by hanging. He was 41 years old.
Bennington went through a chaotic childhood environment growing up having to deal with bullying from a young age which involved years of sexual abuse.
This led to heavy drug abuse and a broken family life. During this time he was using Marijuana, LSD, Opium, Cocaine, and alcohol in order to cope with the anxieties. He still ventured into a music career following high school with a band in the Phoenix area which would later form into Linkin Park.
The group went on to released three albums between the years of 1993 and 1997. Struggling throughout much of the 90’s the band caught a big break in 1999 when Bennington recorded an audition song for a record label called Xero. He would join his bandmates Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, and Joe Hahn on a ride that would make them one of the best selling bands in the 21st century.
Warner Brothers would go on to sign them to a major deal after hearing a demo tape in 1999. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory, became the best selling album of 2001, was certified Platinum and released major hits such as “One Step Closer”, “Crawling”, “Papercut”, and “In the End”. The lyrics in the album were mostly attributed to Bennington’s personal life growing up and coping with life’s difficulties.
About one hour prior to the revelations of Bennington’s suicide, Linkin Park released a single titled “Talking to Myself.” The band has yet to release a statement.
Bennington was also a close friend to Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell who commited suicide by hanging after a performance in Detroit on May 18. The two had previously performed together where Bennington would also make appearances alongside Soundgarden. If not by coincidence, Bennington’s suicide also comes on the 53rd birthday of Cornell.
He is survived by six children from his two marriages.