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Numerous reports are coming in this afternoon that the frontman for Linkin Park, Chester Bennington has passed away. We are stunned and saddened by the news.
According to a TMZ report, Bennington committed suicide by hanging. Those reports have been unconfirmed by the coroner. His body was discovered just before 9 this morning in his private LA residence. He was 41 and is survived by 6 children.
Bennington had a long history of fighting drugs and alcohol and struggled with demons from his childhood. He also was close to Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May. Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the Soundgarden singer’s memorial in late May, and penned this personal letter to his friend at the time of his passing. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
The band also played a touching tribute to Cornell on Jimmy Kimmel recently, dedicating their latest single to the Soundgarden frontman.
This collab was iconic. RIP Chester Bennington pic.twitter.com/k3zgo2grEL
— All Def Music (@AllDefMusic) July 20, 2017
Celebrities React to Bennington’s Death
His bandmates, fellow musicians, and other stars been remembering the singer on twitter today.
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
Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more…..I love you T
— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) 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
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
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 Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
song of the day: NUMB – LINKIN PARK pic.twitter.com/7itrfa0Sz6
— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) 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