Chester Bennington, the fierce lead vocalist for the hard rock band, Linkin Park, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles Thursday at the age of 41.
According to Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said the death is being investigated as a possible suicide, in part because law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m.
Bennington was most known for his powerful and emotional scream. He released seven albums with Linkin Park. The latest album, “One More Light” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart when it was released in May. They were scheduled to start
Mike Shinonda, one of the founding members of the band, wrote a tweet on behalf of the whole group. He wrote that they were “Shocked and heartbroken” and that the band would issue a statement soon.
In May, after the death of his friend, singer Chris Cornell, Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral. He also shared his sentiments on social media, writing, ““I can’t imagine a world without you in it, I pray you find peace in the next life.”
The following week, he posted a few positive tweets- about being artistically inspired: “Feeling very creative this last week. I’ve written 6 songs and I’m happy with all of them. Just getting started.”
Bennington had been transparent about his ups and downs and his issues with drug and alcohol addiction, which inspired many hits with Linkin Park.
“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through my music,” he said in a 2009 interview with the website Noisecreep. “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways ′cause I get to do something about it.”
“If it wasn’t for music I’d be dead,” he added. “One hundred percent.”
Despite the struggles he’s faced, Bennington was optimistic in interviews about Linkin Park and the new album.
“Where I’m at right now in 2017 is as far on the opposite side of the scale to where I was at this time in 2015,” he told Rock Sound. “I literally hated life and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have feelings.’ And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’ ”
He is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, and six children. Our thoughts are with them at this time.