Fans of Linkin Park learned today that lead singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. After early reports of the singer’s death came in across social-media and numerous news-outlets, the LA County Coroner confirmed the death with the press. Bennington leaves behind a wife, and six children from two of his marriages.
According to the acting coroner, Bennington apparently hanged himself, and reports are that the death is being investigated as a suicide. Chester Bennington’s body was found at home around 9am local time this morning. No other official details were released at this time, and do to the nature of the death we will not be reporting on it further out of respect to the family.
Linkin Park was created back in 1996, the band quickly grew to fame with hits like “In the End,” “Numb,” “Faint,” and many others. Sine the mid 90s, the band has sold over 70M records worldwide. Linkin Park remained as one of the top-selling alt-music bands of the early 2000s, even collaborating with then emerging artists like Jay z. The album “Meteora” was one of the groups most celebrated, that album hit the Billboard 200 chart back in 2003.
The date is quite special to Chester Bennington, who was close to leading Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell. Today marks Cornell’s birthday, the first birthday after Cornell took his own life back in May. According to those reports, Cornell also hung himself after performing for fans.