The music world and fans of Linkin Park are facing an extremely sad day after the news of the passing of Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington. The singer over the beloved platinum selling rock band was found in his Palos Verdes Estates residence on Thursday morning, just before 9 o’clock. The star died from an apparent suicide by hanging. Chester Bennington was 41 years old and a father of 6 children.
The sad day for friends and family of Bennington, as well as longtime fans of Linkin Park, happens to fall on the birthday of Bennington’s good friend Chris Cornell’s birthday. Two months ago, Bennington responded to the suicide of Cornell in May in a note he shared on social media. In the note, Bennington said “I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life.” Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral. Bennington was also the godfather of Cornell’s son, Chris.
Many friends, family and fellow musicians have reacted news. Jimmy Kimmel tweeted “Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.” Stone Temple Pilots issued a statement regarding their former bandmate, saying “It is a sad day today to know that so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love. You showed us time and time again what it is to be an incredible human being." The band continued, "A beacon of light and hope is what you will always be to us. We love you Chester. We will miss you." Other celebrities, including Chance The Rapper, Fred Durst, One Republic and Mark McGrath as well as a host of others who were close to the singer expressed their condolences on Twitter.
Chester Bennington was a great singer, bandmate, friend and family man. He will be truly missed by those who knew him in real life as well as those who are fans of his music. May he rest in peace.
March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017