Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. He allegedly hanged himself. the singer struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. he acted as the frontman for the rock group, whose hits include “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.”
Linkin Park’s high-profile and creative expansiveness led to varied projects, including the 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, “Collision Course.” That success also allowed Bennington the luxury to branch out sans the band, working with friends and idols including Chris Cornell and Stone Temple Pilots, as well as solo forays on the 2002 “Queen of the Damned: Music from the Motion Picture” soundtrack. A side project band, Dead by Sunrise, released one album, “Out of Ashes,” in 2009, and another career notch was Bennington’s 2010 collaboration with Santana and Ray Manzarek on a cover of the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm.” Still, it was with Linkin Park that Bennington was most closely identified, through the band’s nine headlining concert tours since 2001, and six albums since “Hybrid Theory.”
Bennington, who was 41 years old, joined the group in 1999 and became a household name the year after with the release of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, which was nominated for a Grammy award for best rock album. Their second album, Meteora, has sold over 27m units and the band collaborated with Jay-Z for 2004 EP Collision Course.
Bennington also fronted the Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015 and made small appearances in the films Crank and Saw 3D. When his close friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell, lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself this past May,