Chester Bennington has died after hanging himself, it has been reported. At age 41, the Linkin Park lead singer’s passing has shocked the music community, in which he was known as one of the leading pioneers of the nu-metal genre.
Chester Bennington has died aged 41, the singer best known for fronting Linkin Park, an alternative band best known for releasing the iconic albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora.
TMZ reports that Bennington killed himself, his body was found in a Los Angeles Area residence just months after his good friend Chris Cornell killed himself.
One of the band’s most iconic songs was “Numb”, released in 2003. The song managed to reach number 14 in the UK, becoming a huge hit among fans.
After being remixed with Jay Z’s “Encore”, the song reached new heights of fame, earning the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
After the release of Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and Living Things, released between 2007 and 2013 all reached number one in the United States, 2014’s The Hunting Party reaching number three.
One More Light, which reached record stores in March earlier this year, reached number one once again, proving the band retained an incredible fanbase.
Bennington wrote an emotional letter to his friend and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell after he died in May. In it, he touches on his grief, how he inspired him, and how he felt Cornell was “saying goodbye in your own way”.
I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video of you singing “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life.
With all my love.