According to TMZ, LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide by hanging.
Law enforcement sources tell the site the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles county. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 a.m.
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
After Chris Cornell died in May, Bennington wrote a heartfelt message paying tribute to the SOUNDGARDEN frontman. In the message, Bennington wrote he couldn’t imagine the world without his late friend in it.
TV show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted earlier today that Bennington was one of the kindest people he’s had on his show.
LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia wrote that she was at a “loss for words,” adding, “why, why, why.”
SKILLET‘s John Cooper tweeted: “Absolutely no words. Speechless and so sad. I am such a fan.”
HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale wrote: “OMFG I just heard the horrible news about Chester Bennington, how awful! My heart goes to the LP families, I was shocked to hear this today!”