Heads and hearts are still reeling from yesterday’s shocking news. On Thursday, July 20, Linkin Park’s front man Chester Bennington was found dead in his California home.
As the initial report goes, an employee found Bennington’s body upstairs in the singer’s private home in Palos Verdes Estates just before nine in the morning. L.A. County Coroner’s Office will continue investigating the 41-year-old artist’s death as a possible suicide.
His death rings in on what would have been singer-songwriter Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, and the correlation between Bennington’s death and the late Cornell have left people with more questions than usual as the two were reportedly close friends. Bennington is also the godfather of Cornell’s 12-year-old son Christopher.
Bennington had spoken at Cornell’s private service this past May 26 in Los Angeles and comforted funeral attendees with a heartfelt rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shionda posted on Twitter as soon as the news had spread: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Cameron Strang, Warner Brothers Records chairman and CEO, reached out to the public in an official statement through Billboard saying:
“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. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”
Linkin Park had just released their seventh studio album One More Light in May, and the band’s official Facebook paged posted a link just hours before Bennington’s death debuting the new video for the band’s single “Talking to Myself.”
Linkin Park were set to tour this summer with Blink 182.
Chester Bennington leaves behind wife Talinda Bentley and six children.