Linkin Park lead singer dies aged 41

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, has reportedly taken his own life.

TMZ reports the 41-year-old was found dead in his home near Los Angeles just before 9am local time (11pm AEST).

Bennington is survived by his wife Talinda Ann Bentley and his six children. He had three children with Bentley and another three from a previous relationship.


He had been open about his battles with drugs and alcohol and has said in the past that he considered suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

The Los Angeles County coroner said they are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

The group sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, and then another 4 million with 2003’s multi-platinum Meteora.

Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.

Bennington was close friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Today, would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

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