Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington was discovered dead around 9 am on Thursday. Allegedly, the cause of death is suicide, according to reports he hanged himself at his LA County residence in the US.
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda took to twitter to confirm the news and express his grief.
The 41-year-old Chester was married twice and had six children. He was known to have previously battled with substance abuse and depression periodically. Supposedly, he was also a victim of child abuse and had expressed to take his life in the past as well.
The Linkin Park vocalist’s death coincides with Audioslave lead-singer, Chris Cornell’s 53rd birth anniversary – who also died of suicide in May this year. Chester and Chris shared a very close relationship and the former had written an open letter to Cornell on the day of the latter’s death.
Linkin Park was founded in 1996 by Shinoda and his school mates Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson and Bennington joined the band later as a vocalist. The band’s music resonated strongly among youth around the world with their alt-roc, rap-metal sounds. This year saw the release of Linkin Park’s seventh studio album, One More Light. Chester Bennington along with the Linkin Park band had managed to soothe many an angst, but in the end, his demise will definitely be leaving a whole generation of music listeners feeling an uneasy numb.