Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington had history of struggle

The world is sadly paying tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, an artist Rolling Stone said “may have been the purest voice of angst on the radio this millennium.”

On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the rock singer hanged himself at his home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County.

His bandmate, rapper Mike Shinoda, said on social media, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true.”

Bennington’s death also marks what would have been the 53rd birthday of his friend Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide. Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the Cornell’s funeral in May.

From 2013 to 2015, Bennington appeared with Stone Temple Pilots, another 1990s influence whose singer Scott Weiland, died of a drug overdose in December 2015.

Bennington, who was candid about his rough childhood, also publicly addressed ongoing struggles with addiction and negative feelings, often referenced in Linkin Park songs, such as “The hardest part of ending is starting again” in “Waiting for the End.”

Rolling Stone points to Linkin Park’s versatility, how its debut “Hybrid Theory” in 2000 blended rap, metal and electronic, and through the years it focused on varied genres, teaming with Jay-Z and Steve Aoki at times.

On the 2017 album “One More Light,” it even moved to pop, and Bennington reportedly told detractors, “It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the f— on.”

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children, three with Bentley and three from two previous relationships.

Rihanna, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Chance the Rapper, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Adams, Pusha T and Jimmy Kimmel were among the many famous fans and colleagues remembering Bennington on social media.


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— Staff, wire reports

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