Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, dead at 41
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to CBS News Thursday. He was 41.
Early reports from TMZ claimed that Bennington’s death was the result of suicide and that he had hanged himself. His body was found at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Band-member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Twitter, explaining that a full statement would come later. “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” he wrote. “An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
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
Warner Bros Records, the band’s label, released a statement from CEO Cameron Strang.
“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul,” Strang wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: We love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”
Phoenix native Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999, and the group quickly rose to fame with hits like “Crawling,” “In the End” and “Faint.” The band’s debut album, 2000’s “Hybrid Theory,” was certified diamond by the Recording Academy, meaning it sold more than 10 million copies in the United States.
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