It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Chester Bennington of the famed rock group Linkin Park . I only had one opportunity to meet him last summer when we were both at an event for the RNC last summer .I found him to be fun albeit a little intoxicated but was pleasant with out any attitude ,He will be missed . RIP Chester may you rock forever.
Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. Linkin Park’s following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) continued the band’s success.
Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. The band’s debut album, Out of Ashes, was released on October 13, 2009. He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013 via their own record label, Play Pen. Bennington has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. 46).
Bennington died of an apparent suicide by hanging at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; an employee discovered his body around 9 a.m. PDT on July 20, 2017. Shinoda confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Bennington’s death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell‘s 53rd birthday. Cornell, who was a close friend of Bennington, had also committed suicide by hanging two months prior. Bennington sang Leonard Cohen‘s song “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral. He was also the godfather of Cornell’s son, Christopher.[50