The lead singer of the popular rock group, Linkin Park, Chester Chester Bennington has committed suicide.
The 41-year-old rock singer, and father of six, hung himself in him California home. Authorities recovered his body around 9am.
Details are still known as the case emerges. However, it was known that Bennington has had severe problems before with depression, drugs, and alcohol.
The Daily Mail reports:
Bennington’s suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.
Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for the crowd of mourners at Cornell’s funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.
Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the bands latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York’s Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.
Bennington was married to his second wife Talinda Ann Bentley, a former Playboy model, for 12 years. He divorced his first wife Samantha Marie Olit in 2005 after nine years of marriage.
The frontman had been open about his history of substance abuse and admitted in one interview in 2011 that he had once been a ‘full blown, raging alcoholic’.
He admitted to smoking pot after his parents divorced when he was 11. The drug use then spiraled into cocaine and meth.
Bennington also spoke out about being sexually abused as a seven-year-old, saying he had been molested by an older male friend.
‘If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder,’ he said in one interview.
Bennington had attended rehab years ago, and in 2011 announced to the world that he was clean. He continued to make music with bands like the Stone Temple Pilots until a few years ago.
The coroner has announced that they will be doing an autopsy and investigating the death.