CHESTER BENNINGTON, THE LEAD SINGER OF ROCK BAND LINKIN PARK DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE :

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said. Coroner’s office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington, 41. Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide. Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles. Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda tweeted “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album “Hybrid Theory.” But in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.  The band’s latest studio album, “One More Light,” was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour. Bennington’s death came a week before the band was due to kick off the US leg of its tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Bennington, who was twice married and had six children, was a close friend of Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in Detroit in May. The Rediff.com : 21st. July,17

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