Linkin Park has released its first official statement regarding the death of their lead singer, Chester Bennington.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide at the age of 41. According to the New York TImes, the Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed the death after authorities had responded to a call at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County.
Linkin Park was formed as a collaboration with Mike Shinoda and Bennington. The group, known for such hits as 'Numb,' 'Crawling' and 'In The End' is one of the best-selling alternative rock groups in history.
During the height of the groups success, Bennington had spoken openly about his past struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. Despite a difficult time dealing with his addiction, he seemed to be doing well. In the anticipation of the new Linkin Park album release this year, he said “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,’” he told Rock Sound. “And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’”
That was why perhaps Bennington's suicide came as a shock for many of his friends and family. However, the day he chose to carry out his death may hold a special meaning. Bennington, who was close friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, spoke about his sadness when Cornell passed away by hanging himself just two months ago. He even performed during the funeral services on May 26 in Hollywood to honor his friend. Bennington carried out his own hanging suicide on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
As the news of Bennington's death was made public, fans took to social media to voice their feelings. Mike Shinoda tweeted out a message of shock and sadness.