Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Mimicked Chris Cornell’s Suicide (UPDATE)
UPDATE (7/21/2017 at 9:35 a.m. ET): New details about Chester Bennington's suicide seem to confirm he mimicked the suicide of his close friend Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.
The Linkin Park singer was found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet just as Chris was found hanging from a hotel door separating the bedroom from the bathroom, according to TMZ.
Additionally, the 41-year-old was found with a belt around his neck. Chris was found with an exercise band around his neck.
Neither artist left behind a suicide note.
Sources also say a partially empty bottle of alcohol was found in Chester's hotel room but there was no sign of drugs.
Read on for more details on this tragic loss.
Original story (7/20/2017 at 2:44 p.m. ET): The music universe has lost another of its stars to suicide.
Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park, died after hanging himself.
Details of his death are already coming in…
TMZ cites law enforcement sources who say Chester’s body was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. PT this morning, July 20.
He had hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles county, they say, but TMZ doesn’t specify whether it was his home.
The site also reports Chester had grappled with drug and alcohol issues for years — once describing himself as a “full-blown, raging alcoholic” — and had previously said he had contemplated suicide because he’d been sexually abused early on in his life.
“I don’t drink,” he said in 2011, per Gigwise. “I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don’t want to be that person anymore.”
His death also has some eerie correlations to the suicide of Chris Cornell in May.
Chris, the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, also hanged himself.
Today, the day Chester’s body was found, would have been Chris’s 53rd birthday.
TMZ says the two musicians were very close. In fact, Chester even wrote an open letter to his friend after the latter’s death…
“Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept,” Chester said.
“I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family.
“You have inspired me in many ways you never could have known … I pray you find peace in the next life.”
Chester had been with Linkin Park since almost the beginning.
Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson founded the group — then called Xero — in 1996 while attending Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California.
When Chester joined the group in 1999, the band changed its name to Hybrid Theory before landing on Linkin Park.
The band scored success with their debut studio album, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, but really hit the big time with their next, 2003’s Meteora.
That album — with hits like “Numb” and “Somewhere I Belong” — sold 800K copies in its first week and topped the Billboard 200.
Chester is survived by six children. Our thoughts go out to them in this unbearable time.
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