Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park lead singer whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.
Los Angeles Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities were investigating Bennington’s death, which was first broken by the website TMZ, as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, but no additional details were available.
His death was reportedly caused by hanging, according to TMZ.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies aged 41
Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was “shocked and saddened.”
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Dave Farrell, the bassist, simply tweeted: “Heartbroken”.
“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement.
However, there’s no concrete proof as what lead the vocalist to take such a drastic step. After his wife tweeted, things are taking new directions as it can be a matter of cheating. The tweet, however, soon deleted. She tweets: