Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington commits suicide, US officials confirmed late Thursday night India time. Chester was 41.
The news was first reported by celebrity news website TMZ which said that Chester was found hanging at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County, California. His body was reportedly found on Thursday some time after 9 am (local time).
His death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner, news agency AP reported soon after the news first broke. The coroner said that Chester’s death seemed to be a case of suicide.
TMZ noted that Chester was close to Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May this year. Chester killed himself on the day Cornell would have turned 53-years-old.
Chester’s body was found minutes after his band Linkin Park released a new music video ‘Talking to Myself’ on Twitter. The song is part of the band’s ‘One More Light’ album; the audio was released a while back but the video dropped on Thursday at 9.01 am (US time) just moments before Chester was found dead.
Chester was known for his high-pitched vocals, singing popular songs such as ‘Numb’ and ‘In the End’. Chester also lent his voice to the theme track of Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, ‘New Divide’.
He once even sang a cover – an act rarely done by Linkin Park – during a live performance, delivering a surprisingly low-pitched rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’.