It’s with heavy hearts that we must report that one of our dear friends Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has passed away this morning on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell. Although it’s still a developing story, law enforcement officials say the 41-year-old singer hanged himself in his private Los Angeles residence. He leaves behind a wife and 6 children.
KROQ has a long history with Chester that extends beyond music and into a more personal level. Everyone here is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and bandmates.
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is dead at the age of 41, the Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed to CBS News.
Coroner spokesman Brian Elias told the AP “they are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.”
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.—
Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the singer hanged himself at a residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County.
Palos Verdes police confirm to the Radio.com that they responded to a call on 28oo block of Via Victoria at 8:56 a.m. PT.
Today would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, the singer also committed suicide by hanging on May 18 of this year. Shortly after Cornell’s passing Bennington penned a passionate letter to the late Soundgarden singer.
Bennington was 41 years old.
This is a developing story.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).