After it was reported that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington had committed suicide fans of the band took to Twitter to mourn the singer. According to TMZ, Bennington's body was discovered early in the morning on Thursday, July 20, at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. Bustle reached out to a rep for Linkin Park for comment and to the LAPD, but did not receive an immediate response. Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the singer's death on Twitter, writing, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
Bennington was 41 years old when he passed away. He is survived by six children from two marriages, and his wife Talinda Bently. TMZ reports that Bennington has struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, however there's no word yet on whether or not he had anything in his system at the time of his death.
Bennington reportedly had a close relationship with Chris Cornell — lead singer of several groups including Soundgarden and Audioslave — who committed suicide earlier this year. Bennington even wrote an open letter when the news broke of Cornell's passing. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Many of Bennington's fans have expressed their shock over the sad news of his death online.
Some Paid Tribute To Bennington With Photos Of Him On Stage
RIP Chester Bennington. Thanks for the great music man😓 pic.twitter.com/rnsA7xwKjt— lewis lloyd (@lewislloydd) July 20, 2017
There's no better way to remember Bennington than when he was rocking out on stage.
Others Simply Couldn't Believe The News
Chester Bennington....No....I'm crying right now this cannot be real.— Taylor Hash (@taylor_hash623) July 20, 2017
It's always shocking when a beloved musician passes away unexpectedly.
Many Fans Remembered How Linkin Park's Music Got Them Through Hard Times In Life
Omg I cannot believe Chester Bennington is dead! Linkin Park's music got me through so much over the years! #RIPChesterBennington— Boo_Boo27 (@Mgck1025) July 20, 2017
#RIP Chester Bennington.— chris klein (@chrizklein) July 20, 2017
Hybrid Theory was ALWAYS on repeat during my younger years and still comes into rotation during my workouts.
The band had a number of iconic hits in the 2000s, and a lot of us fans who grew up with their music still regularly listen to our favorite songs.
Pretty Much Every Teenager In The 2000s Listened To Linkin Park
Say what you will about Linkin Park, but Chester Bennington's voice was a huge part of my angsty teen years. This is so sad.— suzie samin (@suzannesamin) July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington's vocals were one of the soundtracks of my teenage years. Absolutely gutted. pic.twitter.com/1KhzqUTC77— Tom Fletcher (@tomfletcher89) July 20, 2017
Their music definitely shaped so many of us millennials.
Bennington Really Was A Talented Artist, And He'll Be Missed By Many
Chester Bennington commits suicide on Chris Cornell's birthday. Chester sang at Cornell's funeral. Damn man. Terribly sad.— Chris Howard (@Chrishowrad) July 20, 2017
Bennington inspired a generation, and his memory will undoubtedly live on.
It's sad that the world lost Bennington too soon. May he rest in peace.