Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the popular alt-rock band Linkin Park, died Thursday morning after taking his own life while at a private home in Los Angeles, TMZ reported.
The singer reportedly hung himself. He was found shortly before 9 a.m, the report said.
The most tortured souls often bring us strength; it breaks my heart when they can no longer bare their struggle.
Like many, I was heartbroken after the death of Robin Williams.
And now, Bennington.
Bennington was a 41-year-old father of six children.
The news comes just days before the Linkin Park: One More Light World Tour was set to begin on July 27 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Michigan, with special guests Machine Gun Kelly and ONE OK ROCK.
Linkin Park has dropped numerous hits since releasing its first album Hybrid Theory in October 2000. The band’s most popular songs include “Somewhere I Belong,” “Numb,” “Paper Cut,” “In the End” and “What I’ve Down.”
Linkin Park was scheduled to visit Houston on Aug. 22.
Fans are still awaiting an official confirmation that the tour has been canceled.
Bennington battled with drug and alcohol addiction. He also struggled with suicidal thoughts as a result of being abused by an older man in his childhood.
I carried immense responsibility as a teenager. When I found myself completely overwhelmed, I turned to artist like Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Billie Joe Armstrong for escape.
I hope he finds peace in the next life. He will be greatly missed in this one.