Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, has died age 41

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Front man singer of rock band Linkin Park has committed suicide at age 41, according to TMZ. Reports say the hugely popular singer was found early Thursday morning at a private residence. It was no secret that he had suffered from substance abuse problems as well as depression for a long time. Only in May Bennington’s friend Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave also took his life in a similar manner after suffering from depression. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed the tragic news of Bennington’s passing on his Twitter account.

Since first appearing on the scene in the early 2000s, Linkin Park has gone on to sell over 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards with Bennington in the front. Bennington, like Shinoda, also experimented with solo efforts, and even performed as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots for a while. In the end though, it will always be Linkin Park for which he is remembered.

Although often branded as one of the major headliners of the “Nu Metal” movement of rock, Linkin Park hated the label and continued to experiment with their sound. This saw the group swing from heavy rock to more electronic to something in the middle and even doing a hip-hop remix album with Jay-Z. The group had most recently taken an excessive amount of flack from longtime fans as their last few albums saw them move into very laid back pop territory.

However, irrespective of Linkin Park’s most recent criticisms, the band – and especially Bennington with his combination of both melodic singing and signature screaming vocals – has left an indelible mark on the music scene. Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children, three of which are from previous relationships.

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn’t real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, which wasn’t so wonderful that day. Since then I’ve watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn’t nigh by hiding in movies.

  • I just heard about it on the news. Sad day.

  • Right in the feels

  • Umar

    No…. 🙁

  • Hargrim

    This one hurts! One Step Closer, Breaking the Habit, Castle of Glass, Heavy (I don’t care if people don’t like it) are just some of the songs that helped me through different times of my life.

    Who cares if one more light goes out? I DO

  • Admiral Chief

    WTAF I just watched about 10 videos with my wife where he sang. WTAF WTAF WTAF no man. WTAF

  • Admiral Chief

    Fuck man. Why. Just fucking why.

  • Admiral Chief

    Going through some things myself atm but just WTAF man.

  • Admiral Chief


  • MonsterCheddar

    Very Sad.

  • Hammersteyn

    Sad sad sad.

  • Grimsupanoob

    the band will probably try to go on, but I guess in the end, it doesn’t ever matter…

  • Peter Pan

    RIP Chester!!! I don’t know if Linkin Park will ever be able to replace him and still release music that is as well-received! Let’s hope they can, and I can’t wait for them to release a dedication song to him. A real pity about his passing, especially as a result of suicide.

  • Was online when the first announcement hit and the net exploded…

    Whatsapp groups, facebook, twitter, even my PSN party were talking about it, trying to see if it was real. It was 🙁

    Very sad day…

    • Admiral Chief

      I read about it just after watching GMM episode with them in, and binge watched a lot of their videos, so the shock was real for me. The GMM episode, it felt like I was there with them, so yeah, the news hit me hard

  • Original Heretic

    Man this is harsh. So sad when someone so talented decides to off themselves.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Hitting everyone hard 🙁

    • Admiral Chief

      Yeah man, heavy shit.
      Just re-watched the new vid they launched this year, Heavy, and the signs were all there man.

  • Magoo

    RIP my man.

  • konfab

    In the end, it didn’t even matter.

  • Ghost In The Rift

    Damn, so sad, all the best to the family, wish i could’ve helped him trough his problems as he and the band did for me trough high school and everyday life. RIP Chester

  • Skyblue

    Chris Cornell broke me and now this. The attached vid’s are the two of them doing what they did best and sharing the stage as friends.

    Depression is a real disease and should be taken seriously. If you know anyone going through this shit make sure they get the help they need.

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    I wasn’t a fan of Linkin Park (in fact I’ve always mocked my friends and enemies who enjoyed their music), however this is legitimately sad news. RIP Chester 🙁

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