Chester Bennington, the singer of nu-metal pioneers Linkin Park, has died aged 41, according to the LA County Coroner.
Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed Bennington’s death on Twitter. Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide. The news came out shortly after about his death.
He is survived by his wife Talinda Ann, six children and his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit. He had hung himself, authorities tell TMZ. “I wanted to kill myself”. “It destroyed my self-confidence”, he told the British music site Team Rock in 2014. “Fantastic. If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula. then stab yourself in the face!” “I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying”, he said.
That voice, it turned out, was fueled by anguish. The band had just released its seventh studio One More Light, and was embarking on an extensive North American tour this summer and in the fall.
Linkin Park has had a long and successful career, starting all the way back in 1996.
Bennington was found hanging at his home in California.
Linkin Park broke through in 2000 with their debut album “Hybrid Theory“.
Mr. Bennington, who was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish, released seven albums with Linkin Park.
Bennington was in the midst of a tour with Linkin Park and was scheduled to play Citi Field in New York City with Blink 182 next week in support of Linkin Park’s new album, “One More Light“. There was a bit of speculation by fans that he didn’t commit suicide, but his death was later ruled a suicide. In 2004 LP teamed with rapper Jay-Z for a collaborative EP titled Collision Course. Bennington was also a founding member of another band, Dead by Sunrise and performed with the Stone Temple Pilots. When his friend Chris Cornell died in May, he wrote an open letter to remember him and posted it online.
But there had been little public sign of Bennington retreating from the world. “They were both just screaming that she had been hit by a auto”, Parsons said.