Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide, according to TMZ.
Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester, 41, was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris after his death.
Linkin Park had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling” and crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z . The band’s album, “Meteroa,” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.
Linkin Park were about to start the American leg of their One More Light World Tour on July 27 in Massachusetts and was set to come to Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion on Thursday, August 17.
A recent tweet on Linkin Park’s official Twitter account shows Chester (left) with other band members Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda with actor/comedian Ken Jeong.