BREAKING: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington commits suicide. He was 41.

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed they were investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself and he was home alone at the time, TMZ reports. He was found upstairs in his home by an employee.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children.

Bennington’s suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for the crowd of mourners at Cornell’s funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the bands latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York’s Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England.

The band released its newest music video just two hours before news of his death emerged on Thursday.

Bennington was married to his second wife Talinda Ann Bentley, a former Playboy model, for 12 years. He divorced his first wife Samantha Marie Olit in 2005 after nine years of marriage.

The frontman had been open about his history of substance abuse and admitted in one interview in 2011 that he had once been a ‘full blown, raging alcoholic’.

He admitted to smoking pot after his parents divorced when he was 11. The drug use then spiraled into cocaine and meth.

Bennington had also previously spoken out about being sexually abused as a seven-year-old, saying he had been molested by an older male friend.


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