Linkin Park‘s charismatic lead singer, Chester Bennington, has reportedly committed suicide at age 41. As previously reported, the singer’s body was discovered Thursday morning, just before 9 a.m., at his private home in the Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles. He is survived by his six children and two spouses.
“On this date at approximately 0856 hours, officers responded to a dead body call at a residence in the 2800 block of Via Victoria,” Palos Verdes Police Corporal Greg Robinson said in the department’s release. “The case is under investigation by the L.A. County Corner’s office and any inquiries should be directed towards them. Due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further details at this time.”
Bennington’s career began in his hometown Phoenix, Ariz., where he recorded with the post-grunge band, Grey Daze, before meeting Jeff Blue, now the vice president of A&R for Warner Brothers Records, who offered him a chance audition with the future members of Linkin Park.
Their debut album, Hybrid Theory, was a major commercial success, having since been certified Diamond for selling more than 11 million copies in the United States alone.
Best known for his ear-splitting falsettos, Bennington would often share mic duties with rapper/lyricist Mike Shinoda, creating a much more unique blend of alternative rock and Hip-Hop that Linkin Park would become known for.
Meteora, the California rock group’s sophomore album, would go on to become one of the most successful albums in the history of Billboard’s alternative music charts.
Bennington also went on to replace Scott Weiland as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 and even went on to record tracks, “Out of Time,” and “Black Heart” with them.
After his stint with STP, Bennington announced that he and Linkin Park were working on their first record in three years, One More Light. The album, which was released in May, still made it No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
Like many rock stars, Bennington had struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse for several years. He also told Kerrang! Magazine, back in 2003, that he was molested as a child by a friend who was a few years older than himself and that it had led him to consider committing suicide in the past.
“It escalated from a touchy, curious, ‘what does this thing do’ into full-on, crazy violations,” Bennington detailed in a tell-all story. “I was getting beaten up and being forced to do things I didn’t want to do. It destroyed my self-confidence.”
Bennington was also an extremely close friend of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide back in May and would have turned 53 today. Following news of Cornell’s suicide, Bennington wrote a letter to the dead musician about special moments and classic Beatles’ tunes.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
Bennington even performed the Temple of the Dog hit, “Hunger Strike” with Cornell in 2008, while on tour with Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Festival. Bennington not only had a voice like none other, but he was able to move a crowd with gusto. He will be mourned by Linkin Park fans worldwide. RIP.
VIDEO: “HUNGER STRIKE” – CHRIS CORNELL FEAT. CHESTER BENNINGTON