Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says.
The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.
Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.
Formed in 1996, Linkin Park have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.
The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with the rapper Jay-Z.
The album Meteora topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2003 and is regarded as one of the biggest indie rock records of all time.
The band had been due to begin a tour next week.
For a generation growing up in the early 2000s, it would have been hard not to find someone who didn’t own a copy of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory.
It’s sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and remains one of the biggest selling albums released since the start of the millennium.
Linkin Park’s successful trick was to fuse elements of metal and rock with rap and hip-hop to shape the nu-metal genre on songs such as Crawling, In The End and Numb.
Arguably their biggest asset was Chester’s powerhouse voice. He had a huge, raspy vocal which suited their stadium-filling, singalong anthems.
Whilst his vocal persona could be described as angry and harsh, in person he was warm, articulate and funny.
The band’s most recent album, One More Light, saw a different direction as they worked with prolific pop songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter – and collaborated with UK grime artist Stormzy.
He leaves a wife, and six children from two marriages.
The singer is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about contemplating suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.
Who was Chester Bennington?
- Born March 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona, son of a police officer
- Performed with Phoenix post-grunge band Grey Daze 1993-98
- Joined Linkin Park in 1998; Hybrid Theory was released two years later
- Fronted the Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015
- Also performed with supergroups Dead by Sunrise and Kings of Chaos
Band member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Twitter: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Tributes to Bennington flooded in soon after news of his death.
The band Imagine Dragons tweeted: “no words, so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.”
Grime artist Stormzy, who collaborated with Linkin Park earlier this year, tweeted: “Bruv I can’t lie I’m so upset serious.”
so what do we have to do with this.
aii? L Tbring on Zambian topics not useless news from America
You dont know him because your youth days were not in the 90s and early 2000s bamambala
Who is this and how does he affect the life in zambia? I didn’t see any NEWS about the death of PK Chishala in America.
Kikiki. . PK Chishala was on CNN.
HIS DEMISE IS FOR US ROCK FUNS. ITS A SAD LOSS FOR THE ROCK MUSIC FAMILY
You havent answered our questions. What bearing does it have on Lusaka Times readers? Its not enough to say “for us Rock Funs” what is a rock funs? I know rocko buns only
He dead, he gone, he ain’t never coming back
NEWS: N-otable E-vents W-eather and S-ports. News is not just politics. It has an informing as well as entertainment segment to it.. Of the 70 million albums sold, some LT readers are bound to relate.
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