Chester Bennington, the leading singer, in the multi - platinum award winning rock band called Linkin Park was found dead on Thursday morning in his home near Los Angeles. This death has sent shockwaves across the entire music fraternity.
According to the head of operations in Los Angeles coroner’s office, Brian Elias, an investigation on possible suicide is being investigated by the authorities. Bennington is widely known for his superb scream and anguish in most of the songs in the seven albums that Linkin Park has released to date. The latest album, ‘One more Light’ was released in early May and has debuted at No. 1 on the popular Billboard album chart. The rock band was scheduled to start a tour as from 27 July with the first concert at Mansfield.
According to one of the band’s founders Mike Shinoda, the rest of the band members were both heartbroken and shocked by the recent turn of events. Apart from Linkin Park, Bennington has worked with Stone Temple Pilots as its lead singer after its lead vocalist called Scott Weiland left in 2013.
In May, his friend Chris Cornell, Soundgarden's lead singer was also found dead in another case of suspected suicide. Bennington performed Cornell’s song ‘Hallelujah’ wishing him well in his next life. Cornell would have turned 53 the same day Bennington took his own life.
Bennington has opened up about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction several times. These struggles have also inspired most of the songs released by Linkin Park. In an interview with Noisecreep in 2009, Bennington said that had been able to tap into all the negative things that happened in his life and numbed the pain by being able to vent his pain through music.
One of the greatest hits of all times, Crawling, from the album Hybrid Theory, Bennington goes on to sing, “There’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface / Consuming, confusing / This lack of self-control I fear is never ending.” This is thought to be about his struggles with drugs, self-control, and personality problems. He confirmed this was true in an interview later on. The album sold 11 million copies in the United States alone.
As his music career progressed, Bennington has always said that his goal is to be transparent about his life in music. He, at one time, said that if it were not for the music, he would have been dead.