Lead Singer of Linkin Park DEAD

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It’s with heavy hearts that we must report that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has committed suicide by hanging. 

Law enforcement officials say the 41-year-old singer hanged himself in his private Los Angeles residence. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

He leaves behind a wife and 6 children.

The singer struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and had previously talked about suicide as the result of childhood trauma having been sexually abused as a child by an older male.

Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was “shocked and saddened.”

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement to Fox News. “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.'”

For years, he acted as the frontman to the rock group, whose hits include “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.”

Today would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, the singer also committed suicide by hanging on May 18 of this year. Shortly after Cornell’s passing Bennington penned a passionate letter to the late Soundgarden singer.

Bennington was 41 years old.

This is a developing story.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

God Bless.


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