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Linkin Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Commits Suicide

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Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, has committed suicide according to TMZ. The LA County coroner’s office confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 41 years old.

According to the report, the singer “hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates,” and was discovered on Thursday morning (Jul. 20). He was married with six children from two wives, and struggled openly with drugs and alcohol.

“I had a choice between stopping drinking and dying. I did some counseling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare,” he told Metal Hammer at the end of 2016.

As TMZ reports, Chester was close with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide just two months ago. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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