According to TMZ, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has ended his own life.
Bennington was found at a private home in L.A. county just before 9 AM local time on Thursday.
Chester Bennington became part of Linkin Park in 1999, replacing vocalist Mike Wakefield. The band formed in 1996 and found international success; they were best known for songs like “Numb” and “Crawling,” as well as albums like Meteora.
Bennington’s friend Chris Cornell would have turned 53 today, had he not chosen suicide earlier this year as well. At the time, Bennington posted an open letter in tribute to the late Soundgarden singer:
I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video oof you singing “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life.
With all my love.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
Linkin Park’s record sales exceeded 70 million worldwide; the band won on two Grammy Awards.
Chester Bennington was 41 years old.
If you’re struggling with depression or suicidal feelings, please don’t face them alone: seek help. Talk to someone you can trust, or a therapist. Many countries offer a suicide hotline, as well. Depression is difficult, but it’s not unbeatable.