Menu
Entertainment

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, dies age 41

CHESTER Bennington, the lead singer of band Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide.

TMZ reports that 41-year-old was found dead in Los Angeles just before 9am local time (11pm AEST)

Chester was married to Talinda Ann Bentley and had three children with her and another three children from a previous relationship.

Bennington had been open about his battles with drugs and alcohol.

US band Linkin Park. (L to R) Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix.
US band Linkin Park. (L to R) Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix. Supplied

He has said in the past that he considered suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Bennington was close friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Today, would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.
Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. Owen Sweeney - Invision - AP

Bennington wrote an open letter to Cornell on the day of his suicide in May and later performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at the funeral service.

Linkin Park had many hits, including In The End, and their album Meteroa was a huge success.

In The End - Linkin Park

Tributes immediately started to roll in following news of his death, with many expressing their shock and sadness.

"Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show," Jimmy Kimmel tweeted. "My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly."

Band One Republic said the news "breaks our heart".


If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000

Topics:  editors picks linkin park suicide

News Corp Australia


Burglar wakes Summit couple

COUPLE woken in early hours when they saw a man leave their bedroom.

Car destroyed after it was left on roadside engulfed in fire

CAR FIRE: Firefighters from Sawtell were called to a burning Ford Falcon left on the side of Hulberts Rd, Sawtell on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

WATCH: Firefighters tackle car blaze late last night

Rubbish truck's load catches alight

A J.R. Richards and Sons rubbish truck container caught alight on the Pacific Highway.

Fire in skip bin causes traffic hold ups

Local Partners

Humiliating aftermath of affair

AS THE the damage is assessed following Dean and Davina’s affair on MAFS, the most humiliating detail is finally uncovered.

Heartbreaking way Shannon Noll lost Idol fortune

Shannon Noll in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

NOLL spent post-Idol money, but not in typical rock star fashion.

Holtznagel: ‘I had to ID Charlotte Dawson’s body’

Simone Holtznagel broke down as she spoke out about one of her “best friends” and Australia’s Next Top Model mentor Charlotte Dawson.

Simone Holtznagel speaks out about Charlotte Dawson

Elsa Pataky turns snake wrangler

Elsa Pataky isn’t afraid of snakes. Picture: Supplied

Chris Hemsworth’s wife wrangles snake inside Byron Bay home.

Jilted MAFS spouses break silence

MAFS contestants Tracey and Dean break their silence.

Tracey and Ryan break silence after affair is exposed.

Coffs sisters battle it out on My Kitchen Rules

Sisters Georgie, 25, and Alicia, 30 from Coffs Harbour will compete in tonight's episode of My Kitchen Rules

Local sisters bring 'modern take' on Asian cuisine to national TV.

Kate Middleton’s BAFTAs dress slammed

Stars don black in again to show solidarity with the #MeToo and Time's up campaigns...