Chester Bennington, lead singer for Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide at the age of 41.
TMZ has reported Chester Bennington is dead as a result of suicide. Law enforcement sources have confirmed that the singer hanged himself at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. His body was discovered Thursday at around 9 a.m.
Linkin Park was one of few rock groups to find crossover success in the Hip Hop world, following the likes of Aerosmith. In 2001, the band connected with the X-ecutioners for “It’s Goin’ Down,” which also featured the late Roc Raida.
In 2004, Linkin Park dropped a collaborative effort with JAY-Z entitled Collision Course, and in 2008 they hooked up with Busta Rhymes on the song “We Made It.” They’ve also worked with Rakim, Bun B, Pusha T and many other notable hip hop artists through the years.
Bennington reportedly battled alcohol and drug addiction, and in past interviews, admitted he had thought about suicide because of the abuse he endured as a child by an older man.
Bennington was a close friend of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and godfather to one of Cornell’s children. Cornell took his own life in May in a similar fashion. Linkin Park dedicated a performance of “One More Light” to Cornell during an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Today, July 20 marks what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.