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Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Kills Himself, TMZ Says

The group took the name Linkin Park in honor of Santa Monica's Lincoln Park, now Reed Park


Chester Bennington, Lead singer of Lincoln Park

Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging.

Bennington was found dead in his home Thursday, and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, the L.A. County Coroner's Office confirmed.

Law enforcement officials responded to an emergency call from Bennington's home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, around 9 a.m., an officer told reporters. TMZ reports Bennington, 41, hanged himself and was discovered by an employee.

Bennington's band mate, guitarist and vocalist Mike Shinoda, confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday: "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

The group took the name Linkin Park in honor of Santa Monica's Lincoln Park. That park is now called Reed park, on Lincoln and Wilshire Blvd.

The rock frontman was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell - who also committed suicide by hanging in May - and spoke at his funeral. Bennington's body was found on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

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Chester Bennington, Lead singer of Lincoln Park

Since the news of his death broke, collaborators, friends and fans have taken to social media to pay their respects.

Cameron Strang, the head of Linkin Park's label Warner Bros Records, said in a statement: "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. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed."

Chester Charles Bennington grew up in Santa Monica . He became a singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015


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