Chester Bennington dead – Linkin Park singer commits suicide by hanging

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide!

Law enforcement sources tell that 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 Bennington leaves behind his wife of twelve years, Talinda Ann Bennington (nee Bentley), and six children – Jamie, 21, Isaiah, 19, Draven, 15, Tyler Lee, 11, and Lily and Lila, 7.

They are not thought to have been at the house when the incident took place, and Chester was alone.

He was previously married to Samantha Marie Olit from 1996 – 2005.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell‘s 53rd birthday.

Mike Shinoda, who also provides vocals for the band, confirmed the news on Twitter:

 

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.

The band’s album, “Meteora,” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington was 41.

RIP