Linkin Park Singer Bennington Committed Suicide on Chris Cornell’s 53rd Birthday

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Linkin Park Singer Bennington Committed Suicide on Chris Cornell’s 53rd Birthday

In tragic news, TMZ reported earlier today that Chester Bennington, 41, of the popular rock band Linkin Park committed suicide by hanging alone at his private residence while his family was out of town. He was found by an employee shortly before 9 AM upstairs in his home.

Chester lived in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County and was married and had six children from two different wives.

As many musicians do, the singer reportedly battled alcohol and drugs for years. He was open about his troubled childhood, as he began smoking marijuana at age 11 after his parents divorced, and later used methamphetamine and cocaine.

He stated in the past that he had thought about suicide related to childhood trauma that occurred when he was abused by an older male. He stated the following to The Guardian in 2011:

“When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you, and honestly, I don’t remember when it started.”

Bennington was a good friend of Chris Cornell, lead vocals for the rock band Soundgarden, who also killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester penned an open letter to him on the day of his death and performed “Hallelujah” at his memorial service.

Cornell’s wife Vicky tweeted a message upon hearing the news of Bennington’s suicide and said “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break anymore … I love you T.”

Chester’s bandmate Mike Shinoda also tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Linkin Park came onto the music scene in 2000 with their album “Hybrid Theory” and had a string of hits.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

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