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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington, Age 41, Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Another unspeakable tragedy has rocked the music industry, as Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has been found dead in his home near Los Angeles of an apparent suicide at the age of 41. Chillingly, his death coincides with what would have been the birthday of his close friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who stunningly took his own life back in May.

As the New York Times reports, law enforcement authorities were called to his home shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday. Bennington’s death was confirmed soon thereafter, and investigators were treating it as a possible suicide. Mike Shinoda, one of Linkin Park’s founders, took to social media to confirm the stunning news.

“Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one,” he wrote.

Back in May, Bennington was among the many that were completely blindsided by Cornell’s shocking death. In addition to being friends, the pair had toured together and collaborated on some pieces. He would go on to perform a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the late singer’s private funeral services, and he released an emotional letter on the day of his friend’s death.

"Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. 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 could never have known,” he wrote. “Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life."

Despite that trauma, things seemed to be going well in Bennington’s world. He shared some optimistic thoughts on social media just weeks after Cornell’s death, and he also struck a positive tone in an interview from earlier this year.

“Feeling very creative this last week. I’ve written 6 songs and I’m happy with all of them. Just getting started,” he posted on social media.

“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,” Bennington said during the interview. “I literally hated life and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have feelings.’ And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’”

Bennington has been quite open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, and those struggles were among the driving forces behind the group’s many hits, including the 2001 release “In the End.” Linkin Park released its most recent album, “One More Light,” back in May, and that album would debut in the top spot on the Billboard album charts. The band was scheduled to begin touring later this month.

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, and six children. Thoughts and prayers go out to friends, family and loved ones of Bennington during this trying time.

Source: AOL, The New York Times
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