Another loss for the music world on Chris Cornell’s birthday, the lead singer of band Linking Park, is reported to have committed suicide.
His death was confirmed by the coroner at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9 am. His death is being treated as suspected suicide.
Bennington, was 41 years old, he joined the group Linkin Park in 1999 and became a household name in the music world that year after with the release of the band’s first album Hybrid Theory, Hybrid Theory was nominated for a Grammy award for best rock album. Their second album, Meteora, has sold over 27 million units and the band collaborated with Jay-Z for the 2004 EP Collision Course.
Bennington was also the lead vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. He also made appearances in the films Crank and Saw 3D.
Earlier in 2017, when his close friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell, lead vocalist of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself this past May, Bennington honored him on Twitter by writing a beautiful message and performing at his funeral.
“You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known,” Bennington wrote. “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.”
In his interviews in the past, Bennington has spoken about this ongoing battle 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.”
He also has shared about his childhood which was quite tormenting for him.
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.”
Bennington has left six children behind, Jaime, Isaiah, Draven, Tyler Lee and twins Lily and Lila, and a widow Talinda Ann Bentley.
His Linkin Park bandmate and his friend Mike Shinoda tweeted that he was utterly “shocked and heartbroken” at the news.
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“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one”.
While other tributes have arrived from Rihanna, Nikki Sixx, Stormzy (with whom Bennington recently worked), Ohio governor John Kasich and Chance the Rapper.
His death is a loss for music lovers all around the world, who are tired to see yet another talent go six feet under because of substance abuse, depression and personal pain.