Linkin Park's Lead Singer, Chester Bennington Dies of Suspected Suicide at 41

In several interviews in the past, Chester spoke openly about his struggle with drugs and alcohol.




Last night TMZ reported Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, 41, died by alleged suicide. The law enforcement officials told the site he hanged himself at a residence in Palos Verdes Estates, California. The singer's body was discovered on Thursday morning.

As per the Associated Press, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed his death.

Police say that the singer, who had a history of struggle with substance abuse, allegedly killed himself in a private residence in Los Angeles County.

Bennington, who was 41 years old, joined the band in 1999 and had six children from two marriages.

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In several interviews in the past, Chester spoke openly about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. "It's not cool to be an alcoholic — it's not cool to go drink and be a dumbass" he said to Noisecreep in 2009. "It's cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I've been going through in one way or another."

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He also shared details of going through an abusive childhood. In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, he said: "When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don't remember when it started ... My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while."

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In his career, the singer touched many lives and will forever be remembered as one of the biggest music icons that ever existed.