Celebrities React To Chester Bennington’s Death With Heavy Hearts

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On Thursday, TMZ reported the deeply saddening news that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died on July 20 at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. He was 41 years old. According to The Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Coroner reportedly confirmed that Bennington committed suicide. (Bustle reached out to a rep for the band and to the LAPD, but did not receive an immediate response.) When news of his passing broke, many celebrities responded to Bennington's tragic passing, grieving this unthinkable loss and offering condolences to his family.

If you've listened to a Linkin Park record, attended one of the band's concerts, or watched one of their music videos, you know Bennington's artistry was undeniable, and his influence on rock music was beyond. His powerhouse voice pours out of the speakers, filling whatever room you are in like a beautiful, commanding fog. Whether Bennington was belting out a wall-shaker of a chorus or singing a gentle, melodic verse, he delivered evocative performances that would make the listener want to simultaneously scream along and weep into their iPods. It should come as no surprise that many celebrities are deeply affected by the untimely death of this nü metal icon.  

Here's what some famous folks said about the loss of this inimitable artist.

Rihanna

A devastated Rih honored what a one-of-a-kind performer he was.  

Joss Whedon

The Avengers director mourned Bennington's passing and shared his personal connection to Linkin Park's fourth record.  

Duff McKagan Of Guns N' Roses

A moving note from the rock legend.

Chance The Rapper

Chance tweeted his sympathies to those closest to Bennington.  

Imagine Dragons

The alt-rock band expressed their grief.

Dwayne Johnson

The Rock tweeted love, strength, and light to Bennington's family and band.

Jimmy Kimmel

The late-night host tweeted condolences.  

Donnie Wahlberg

The New Kids On the Block singer remembered seeing Bennington in concert.

Gabby Sidibe

The Oscar-nominated actor tweeted about Linkin Park single "My December," depression, and this painful loss.  

Tyson Ritter Of The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects frontman mourned the gifted singer.

Garbage

Alt-rock greats Garbage expressed their sympathies.

Ryan Seacrest

TV personality Ryan Seacrest also expressed his sympathies.

Billy Idol

The "Rebel Yell" luminary tweeted about performing with Bennington, adding that he will miss the greatly talented singer.

May Bennington rest in peace and may his legacy shine on. All of the love to his loved ones during this heart-rending time.