Shocking news from the world of music today, as Chester Bennington of the rock group Linkin Park has passed away at the age of 41.
Celebrity news site TMZ is reporting that the death of Bennington has been ruled a suicide by hanging.
According to reports, Bennington’s body was found at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., on Thursday morning around 9 a.m.
At the height of the alternative rock group’s fame, Linkin Park became one of the most popular acts in its genre.
For a time, they were among the biggest in all of music.
The band’s 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory achieved the rare diamond sales status (10 million copies sold).
On the strength of wildly popular singles as “Crawling,” “One Step Closer,” and “In the End,” Linkin Park became a household name.
Bennington and his bandmates went on to even greater success, amazingly, with their subsequent release a few years later.
Their 2003 sophomore effort, Meteora, remains the most popular album in the history of Billboard‘s alternative chart.
Along with co-frontman Mike Shinoda, Bennington was one of the two voices that comprised Linkin Park.
The band sold an astonishing 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy awards over its tenure.
Details of Bennington’s final hours remain scarce.
While it’s unclear if this played any role, sources close to the singer note that he struggled with addiction and depression over the years.
Bennington himself stated that he had considered taking his own life before as a result of sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
The star was close friends with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who committed suicide following a performance in Detroit back in May.
Bennington even performed at Cornell’s funeral service this spring at the request of the singer’s widow.
As a solo artist, Bennington’s unique vocal stylings made him a sought after collaborator for other big-name stars.
Over the course of a 20-year career, Bennington recorded with such artists as Cornell, Jay-Z, Santana, and Motley Crue.
He recorded a wildly successful album with Jay, and also worked with DJ Z-Trip and Handsome Boy Modeling School.
The singer was known for his ability to cross genres, moving seamlessly between hard rock, hip hop, and electronic music.
Tributes to Bennington from friends and fans began pouring in on social media within minutes of the news of his death going public.
Many encourage those who might be struggling with thoughts of self-harm to contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
We would like to add our voice to that chorus and urge anyone who may be considering suicide to call that number immediately.
Chester Bennington is survived by his wife and six children.