Singer Chester Bennington’s sudden demise shocks all, tributes flood in for Linkin Park frontman
Fans, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home shortly before 9 am Thursday. Following news of his death, Bennington’s Link Park bandmate Mike Shinoda took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing, “shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
From Rihanna to One Republic to Jimmy Kimmel, many others took to social media to express their grief over the untimely death of the 41-year-old singer. One Republic tweeted, “Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us .”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with @linkinpark and Chester’s friends and family. #RIPChester,” posted Timbaland.
Dwayne Johnson too tweeted, “So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana.”
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41. Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, but no additional details are available.
“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement.
Bennington’s voice could soar with piercing strength or descend to a whisper. Rolling Stone once called it a “shrapnel-laced howl that sounds like it comes from someone twice his size.” Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addiction at various times during his life. He said he had been sexually abused as a child and was homeless for months before the band found fame.
Bennington told The Associated Press in 2010 that because of the sound the band is known for – fusing sounds from nu-metal, punk, rock, pop and hip-hop – it was virtually impossible to satisfy their many kinds of fans.
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