Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington commits suicide by hanging

Chester Bennington suicide

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was found dead early this morning after an apparent suicide by hanging. The news comes on what would have been the 53rd birthday of Chester’s close friend, Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May.

TMZ broke the news of Chester’s death moments ago. “Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County,” the site reports. “His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.”

Chester was 41 years old and is survived by six children, three of which were with his widow, Talinda Ann Bentley.

This beautiful family photo tweeted by Talinda in May with Chester and his three youngest children seems appropriate here:

I will end the post with the message penned by Chester on the day of Chris Cornell’s death:

Dear Chris,

I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife’s face. She told me my friend has just passed away. 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. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video of you singing “A day in the life” by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. 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.

With all of my love.
Your friend,
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