The powerful lead singer, Chester Bennington, for the platinum-selling rock-rap band Linkin Park was found dead in his home at Palos Verdes Estates, California. According to TMZ, Chester committed suicide by hanging himself. He was 41-years old.
Fellow band-member and co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed Chester’s death on Twitter by saying, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Chester who was a Phoenix native joined the band Linkin Park in 1999. The Grammy-winning band rose to fame quickly with classic tracks like “Crawling”, “In the End” and “Faint”. Their debut album “Hybrid Theory” came out in 2000, sold more than 10 million copies in the country and was certified diamond by the Recording Acadamy. The band continued to sell millions of albums with interesting influences from rock, metal, and rap.
Check out the iconic hit “In the End” below:
Thoughts and prayers go out to Chester’s family and friends in this hard time. He was survived by his wife and his six children. The world lost a great soul today. Rest In Peace, Chester Bennington.