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Posted: July 20, 2017

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide


By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LOS ANGELES —

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock group Linkin Park, has died, according to TMZ

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Citing law enforcement sources, the website reported that the 41-year-old singer died of a suicide by hanging. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to The Associated Press that he was found dead in his Los Angeles home.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias told The AP the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide but other details were not provided.

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Billboard reported that the singer had struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol at various points in his life. He spoke about those addictions in a 2009 interview with Noisecreep.

Linkin Park is well known for hits like 2000’s “In the End” and 2003’s “Numb,” the latter of which led to a collaborative EP with Jay-Z called “Collision Course.”

Bennington had been on a world tour with Linkin Park in support of their latest album, “One More Light.” A close friend of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Bennington performed Lenord Cohen’s “Halleliujah” at his funeral in May. Cornell died of a suicide by hanging May 17.

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children. 

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