Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. Linkin Park’s following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) continued the band’s success.
- Chester Bennington, 41, hanged himself at his Palos Verdes home on Thursday
- The Linkin Park frontman was alone at the time and he was found by an employee
- Bennington, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, was married to his wife Talinda and is survived by his six children from his two marriages
- The singer’s family were out of town when he killed himself
- Family and friends said they are in absolute ‘shock’ over the singer’s death
- His suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday
- He sang for the crowd of mourners at Cornell’s funeral after his suicide in May
- Friend said Cornell’s death deeply affected singer who struggled with addiction
- Linkin Park were in the middle of a tour when news broke of his death
- His band released its new music video two hours before news of his death broke