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Chester Bennington is dead at 41: Linkin Park lead singer commits suicide

Los Angeles: Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead aged 41 at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner`s office said on Thursday.

Coroner`s office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington. Elias added the death is being handled as an apparent suicide.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.


However, representatives of the band did not immediately respond for comment.

Chester Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album “Hybrid Theory.” Later, in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.

Bennington, who had six children from two marriages, had wrestled with alcohol and drugs since he was a pre-teenager and he coped with his parents’ divorce. Born and raised in Arizona, Bennington said that a family friend abused him starting at the age of seven.

The Linkin Park band’s latest studio album, “One More Light,” was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour post that.

Linkin Park was scheduled to start a tour next week which would include a performance at New York’s Citi Field baseball stadium alongside other major acts from the band’s generation including Blink-182 and the Wu-Tang Clan.


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