Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the singer’s body was found just before 9 a.m. on Thursday (July 20) at his home in Los Angeles.
Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He leaves behind six children from two marriages.
The singer was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell — who also committed suicide in May — and even performed at his funeral. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Since Linkin Park’s debut nearly 20 years ago, the band became one of the most successful rock/nu-metal bands in the world. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory, was the best-selling album of 2001 and achieved diamond status, and its follow-up, 2003’s Meteora, spawned hits like “Numb” and “Breaking the Habit.” The band also collaborated with Jay-Z on the hit 2004 mash-up album Collision Course.
Linkin Park resurfaced in 2017 after a three-year hiatus for One More Light, which topped the Billboard 200 and became the band’s fifth number one album. At the time of Bennington’s death, they were in between legs of a world tour in support of the album, and were scheduled to kick off a 29-date North American trek next week.
Earlier today, the band released a new music video for One More Light single “Talking to Myself.”
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