Former Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide at the age of 41, according to TMZ.

This comes two months after the suicide of this close friend, rocker Chris Cornell, who he wrote a letter to after his own suicide in May.

From TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Linkin Park and Bennington were best known for their album, Meteora, which was released in 2003, and it served as an introduction for many to alternative rock. The band has put out a number of other albums and collaborations, most notably with Jay-Z.

Most recently, Bennington has been the lead singer of Dead By Sunrise and Stone Temple Pilots.


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