"Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
-Mike Shinodo Bennington's fellow Linkin Park vocalist
Linkin Park’s front man Chester Bennington died on Thursday, according to the police. Chester commited suicide by hanging at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9am, sources confirm.
Bennigton’s band Linkin Park debut album “Hybrid Theory” gave the fame, Chester deserved. A blend of rap, electronic music and metal, Hybrid Theory was an instant hit. The album claimed a sale of 10 million copies.
Chester was born to a policeman in Phoenix on March 20th, 1976. Chester didn’t experience a good childhood and was molested by an older friend at age 7. "It destroyed my self-confidence, like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn't want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.” the late singer told to Metal Hammer.
Chester fell into the addiction of drugs, mainly opium, amphetamines, pot and cocaine. He ditched drugs in 1992. He was married and had six children from two wives.
He moved to L.A., and auditioned for the band that would later become Linkin park.
The band was earlier recognized as Xero, the brainchild of Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, drummer Rob Bourdon and turntablist Joe Hahn. After Bennigton joined this land, Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory lineup was set.
The album’s most popular song ‘In the End’ crossed over to the pop cart, reaching Number two. Other songs like “One Step Closer” and “Crawling” also charted high on the mainstream rock chart. Their second album Meteora sold over 27m units and later Linkin Park collaborated with Jay-Z for 2004 EP Collision Course.
But, Bennington slipped back into addiction. "The tours we did in the beginning, everybody… was either drinking or doing drugs," Shinoda told.
“It's not cool to be an alcoholic — it's not cool to go drink and be a dumb ass. It's cool to be a part of recovery, most of my work has been a reflection of what I've been going through in one way or another." Chester told Spin.
Chester also fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. He performed at fellow musician’s Chris Cornell funeral. Chris was Chester’s close friend and killed himself this past May.
“You have inspired me in many ways you could never have 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. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.” Bennigton wrote.
Tributes from Rihanna, Nikki Sixx and Chance the Rapper arrived on twitter.
I and everyone at AllDatMatterz is terrified and saddened by Chester’s suicide and hope his soul rests in peace.