We have absolutely devastating news to report out of Los Angeles. Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41, and, evidently, as a result of suicide by hanging. The news comes on what would have been the birthday of Bennington’s good friend Chris Cornell, who also hung himself at the age of 53.
I don’t care how you feel about Linkin Park’s new album, One More Light, we’re not here to talk about that. Chester Bennington’s talent was off the charts, and Linkin Park was one of the nu-metal bands I fell in love with it in the early 2000’s when they pioneered the genre into the forefront of the music revolution that took place at the turn of the century. Now, Bennginton is gone and we’ll never get to hear his incredible vocals again. As I type this, I’m streaming WMMR in Philadelphia, where DJ Pierre Robert reported the news as it broke and is currently playing Numb, among other Linkin Park songs, and realizing that I will never hear that voice again sickens me.
Bennington has long talked about childhood abuse and how he’d considered suicide in the past, and it appears now he has made the decision to end his own suffering in the same way Chris Cornell did very recently. Chester Bennington leaves behind a wife and 6 children, and millions of heartbroken friends and fans. This story is still developing, but has been confirmed by TMZ as well as the LA County law enforcement. There’s not much else to say, really. This news is obviously devastating and terribly sad, and I feel like I need to leave you with some of Linkin Park’s music.
Rest in peace, Chester.