Chester Bennington, lead singer of the popular alternative rock band Linkin Park that rose to international fame in the 2000’s, was found dead Thursday in his Los Angeles County home after reportedly committing suicide. He was 41 years old.
Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide and was discovered just before 9:00 am by an employee, TMZ reported. His family – which consists of six children from two different wives – was out of town at the time of his death.
The singer admitted several times in the past that he had considered committing suicide due to the trauma he sustained as a child being abused by on older male. Bennington also suffered from drug and alcohol abuse.
When rocker Chris Cornell committed suicide in May, Bennington – who was a close friend of Cornell’s – wrote an open letter grieving his death.
“I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family,” Bennington wrote in the letter, which he posted on Twitter. “You have inspired me in many ways you could have never known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one.”
“I pray you find peace in the next life,” the letter concluded. “I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.”
Cornell’s wife, Vicky, took to Twitter to mourn Bennington’s death: “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more… I love you T.”
Linkin Park catapulted to fame with their debut album “Hybrid Theory” in 2000 and went on to release several more chart-topping records. They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.