Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Dies

Grammy Award winning singer Chester Bennington died July 20 in Los Angeles by his own hand at the age of 41. He has dealt with depression and substance abuse issues for a number of years.

Chester_Bennington_in_Maquinaria_Festival_2010By Carlos Varela – originally posted to Flickr as Linkin Park – Maquinaria Festival 2010, CC BY 2.0,

Bennington and his band Linkin Park were preparing for a world tour beginning next week supporting their new album “One More Light” at the time of his death.

The lead singer for Linkin Park was a very close friend of fallen rocker Chris Cornell who died in May; also from a suicide. In a letter penned by Bennington, the rocker said that he couldn’t imagine living in a world without Cornell. Cornell would have been 53 on July 20.

Speaking on Bennington, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said, “as the cutting-edge lead vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester’s powerful range, paired with his impressive songwriting skills, made him a bona fide hard rock hero. His riveting stage presence made every live performance magnetic, earning him millions of fans around the globe. We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Chester’s family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his work.”

Bennington has also been honoured by the MusiCares MAP Fund. Their single “Crawling” won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance and he and his band mates in Linkin Park earned a second Grammy Award with Jay Z for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Linkin Park’s debut album “Hybrid Theory” has been certified Diamond for selling a minimum of 10 million albums in the United States.

Bennington and band mate Mike Shimoda formed the band in 1999. Besides being the lead singer for Linkin Park, Bennington fronted the rock band Stone Temple Pilots, Grey Daze, Kings of Chaos, and Dead By Sunrise.

He was born Chester Charles Bennington on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona. The subject of abuse and childhood bullying in school, Bennington turned to art and poetry as an outlet and dreamed of singing in a band – Stone Temple Pilots.

Bennington is survived by his third wife Talinda and children – Jaime, Isaiah, Draven, Tyler Lee, Lily and Lila.

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