The lead singer of Nu-Metal rock band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has died aged 41-years-old, after his body was discovered in his home shortly after 9am on Thursday morning. Brian Elias of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed the death in the Palos Verdes Estates and said that it was being investigated as a possible suicide.
Chester Bennington who released seven studio albums with the multi-platinum selling rock group Linkin Park, helped the band to achieve unprecedented success over the years, even collaborating with Jay-Z to cross musical genres and the boundaries of popular music with the intermixed song “Numb/Encore” which was the headline song of the remake of Miami Vice starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
Linkin Park’s latest album which dropped in May, just a couple of months ago, entitled One More Light, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts and Linkin Park were set to start a new tour on July 27th, in Mansfield, Mass. but given Chester’s tragic passing, no doubt this tour will now not go ahead. Band member and friend, Mike Shinoda, tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken” and said that the band would soon issue an official statement.
Chester Bennington who’s raspy voice and strong artistic integrity also saw him sing for a side project Dead by Sunrise after Scott Weiland left the band in 2013, had a history of problems with drugs and alcohol and it’s feared that this constant struggle may have contributed to his passing.
Chester recently sang at Chris Cornell’s funeral from the band Soundgarden, after he hung himself, when he stated on social media, “I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life.”
Only a week later, Chester tweeted a bunch of positive messages, “Feeling very creative this last week. I’ve written 6 songs and I’m happy with all of them. Just getting started.”
In an interview with Noisecreep, Mr. Bennington admitted, “I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through my music. I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways ′cause I get to do something about it.”
Chester told Kerrang magazine in an interview from 2008, that he suffered an unhappy childhood, citing his parent’s divorce as a major factor, when he was only 11-years-old, plus also being molested by an older friend, since the age of 7-years-old until he was 13-years-old. Bennington said, “Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.”
At 23 years old, Chester met Mike Shinoda, after a music industry acquaintance sent him a demo from a band called Xero, learning about the California native who wanted to mix rap and rock music. After auditioning Chester, Shinoda gave him the part, they became Linkin Park. With their debut album released of Hybrid Theory in 2000 with Warner Music, it amassed a commercial audience with their Nu-Metal sound. They superseded all expectations to become one of the most popular rock bands ever seen.
So today is truly a sad day for music and a sad day in general, as today marks the passing of another amazingly gifted singer that’s gone too soon. He leaves behind him six children and a wife, and in the lead up interviews to Linkin Park’s last album, One More Light, Chester told Rock Sound, “Where I’m at right now in 2017 is as far on the opposite side of the scale to where I was at this time in 2015. I literally hated life and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have feelings.’ And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!”
In respect to Chester, who helped form the soundtrack to many of today’s young adults’ lives, will never be forgotten as his music is eternal, but we will go and buy Linkin Park’s latest album today, in a tribute to Mr. Bennington, R.I.P.
Brainstain, over and out!
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