Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has passed away
Just months after the music world lost Chris Cornell as a result of suicide, another beloved figure in rock has reportedly also taken his own life.
Chester Bennington, known for his role as the lead singer in Linkin Park, was found in the early hours on Thursday morning, July 20, in his Palos Verdes home. The cause of death has since determined to be from hanging himself. He’d been known to have substance abuse issues in the past, in addition to carrying around lifelong depression as a result of abuse “by an older male” in his youth.
Linkin Park quickly placed themselves on the map with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which contained their infectious breakthrough hit “In The End,” and drew in a large fan base for expertly combining together rap and rock elements into cohesive singles with often relatable subject matter. Their sophomore album Meteora, whose singles included “Numb,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and the Grammy-nominated “Session,” earned the ranking of 36 out of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade.
Bennington leaves behind his current wife, and six children across two marriages. Coincidentally, his passing falls on Chris Cornell’s birthday — a poignant parallel considering his heartfelt open letter to Cornell upon the news of his passing.
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