According the the Los Angeles Times, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died Thursday morning from an apparent suicide.
Bennington was 41.
The LA Times reports firefighters received a call around 9 a.m. “regarding a cardiac arrest in the 2800 block of Via Victoria in Palos Verdes Estates,” according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Spokesman Joey Napoli.
Bennington’s career spanned more than 20 years with bands such as Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise and Stone Temple Pilots. Bennington’s biggest break came with Linkin Park, which formed in 1996–then called Xero. Their debut, Hybrid Theory, released in 2000 and has been one of the most popular albums Linkin Park has produced. It has been certified Diamond by the RIAA.
A couple of months ago, one of Bennington’s good friends, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, committed suicide. Bennington sang “Hallelujah” during Cornell’s memorial service in May and also wrote a letter to the late singer.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
Today Cornell would have been 53.
Bennington leaves behind a wife and 6 children he had with his ex wife and widow.
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The music community is devastated largely due to the impact Linkin Park had among artists.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
His words and vibes helped me in my own dark times…such an inspiration…😢
— COBRA|Soul Food 🐍 (@LupeFiasco) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
My heart is shattered. I can't fucking believe this is real. Crying writing this now. Destroyed. pic.twitter.com/MeEBJD9gi3
— Azukita Aoki (@steveaoki) July 20, 2017