Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, has been found dead in his home near Los Angeles. He was 41.
The Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Brian Elias said they were investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.
The news came just hours after Linkin Park released a music video for Talking To Myself off the band’s 2017 album, One More Light.
Bennington was also friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died in May in what authorities ruled as a suicide. Bennington’s death came on the day of Cornell’s 53rd birthday. In May, Bennington sang Hallelujah at Cornell’s funeral.
Linkin Park sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, and then another 4 million with 2003’s multi-platinum Meteora. Linkin Park’s biggest hits include In the End and Numb.
Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.
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