Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
Update: Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has confirmed the tragic news with the following tweet:
According to TMZ, Bennington was found in his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. county today (July 20) just before 9AM PT. According to reports, the singer was at home alone at the time of his death. His family was reportedly back in Arizona and he was reportedly discovered by a housekeeper.
TMZ also reports that one of the Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates arrived at the estate shortly after police arrived with plans to drive the singer to a photo shoot. The unnamed bandmate was shocked by the events that had transpired. The group were expected to return to the road for a tour next week. Bennington was the father of six children from two different wives.
Bennington was one of the 21st century's leading frontmen as Linkin Park found massive success early on with the arrival of their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The record has gone on to become one of the highest selling rock albums in U.S. history, receiving a diamond certification from the RIAA in 2005 for sales in excess of 10 million copies.
In total, Bennington recorded seven albums with Linkin Park, the most recent being One More Light, which was released earlier this year. The band has sold over 70 million albums across the world as the frontman leaves behind a storied legacy.
The Recording Academy issued a statement delivered by President/CEO Neil Portnow that reads as follows:
Our GRAMMY® family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two-time GRAMMY winner Chester Bennington. As the cutting-edge lead vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester’s powerful range, paired with his impressive songwriting skills, made him a bona fide hard rock hero. His riveting stage presence made every live performance magnetic, earning him millions of fans around the globe. Having put as much passion into charitable causes as he did his musical craft, we were honored to pay tribute to him at our 2013 MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert, where he lent his time and talents to help raise money to assist members of the music community with the addiction treatment process. We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Chester’s family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his work.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also issued a statement on Bennington's death with some key information included inside. Read their post here:
We recently learned of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of LINKIN PARK. Based on reports, we understand that Mr. Bennington died by suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers its condolences to his family, friends, and everyone touched by Bennington and his music.
There is never a single cause for suicide. Suicide is the result of many factors that come together such as an underlying mental health condition and access to lethal means. We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, common risks and warning signs, and effective interventions and treatments.
Media interested in learning more information regarding suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org. For insight on how to report on suicide: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/for-journalists. It is important to NOT mention method of suicide in reporting as this can lead to possible suicide contagion, or 'copycat suicide.'
If you need help right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
Linkin Park were slated to kick off their headlining North American tour to promote One More Light on July 27 with support from Machine Gun Kelly.
Loudwire extends our condolences to the Bennington family, Chester's Linkin Park bandmates and all friends of the singer.
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