Chester Bennington, the lead singer of popular rock band Linkin Park, was found dead in his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles on Thursday morning. He was 41.
Brian Elias, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, said his office was notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington shortly after 9 a.m. Elias said that the death was being investigated as a possible suicide.
According to celebrity website TMZ, which first broke the news about the singer’s death as a suicide, the death was reportedly caused by hanging.
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda tweeted “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Bennington who had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, has spoken openly in the past about his troubled life, which included an introduction to drugs when he was 11. The band first found success in 2000 with their best-selling debut album “Hybrid Theory” and went on to become one of the most popular rock bands of their generation.
The band’s latest album, “One More Light,” was released in May, and Linkin Park had been touring South America and Europe until two weeks ago.
Bennington’s death came a week before the band was set to kick off the US leg of the tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. It also came the same day as the release of Linkin Park’s music video “Talking to Myself.”
The singer was a close friend of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide in Detroit in May.
Fans noted on Thursday that Bennington had apparently taken his own life on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
The singer who performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at Cornell’s memorial service, posted an emotional note on his social media accounts after Cornell’s death. “I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your family,” he wrote.
“Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more,” Cornell’s wife Vicky tweeted on Thursday on hearing of Bennington’s death.
Bennington was married twice and is survived by six children.
Linkin Park’s debut album, “Hybrid Theory” included hits such as “In the End,” “One Step Closer” and “Crawling,” sold 10 million copies after its release in 2000 and won a Grammy award in 2002 for best hard rock performance. The band also sold millions of copies with its remix album ‘Reanimation’ and its mash-up record with Jay Z. The album, “Collision Course” with rapper Jay Z, included “Numb/Encore,” which won a Grammy award in 2005 for best rap/sung collaboration.
The band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.