Chester Bennington performing at I-Days Festival in Italy

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Remembering Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park

By: Branden Griffith

July 21, 2017

It's been a tough, tough year. Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise (and briefly of Stone Temple Pilots), is dead at 41 years old, and the rock world is reeling.

No two struggles are the same, and stories of suicide, depression, and addiction can stir up memories and troubled thoughts for those fighting their own battles, so read on with care.

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His death comes on the birthday of his close friend Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, who passed earlier in 2017 in similar circumstances: suicide. Bennington was found in his southern California home on Thursday, July 20. 

Bennington dead at 41

There was no official response from the band most of the day, but around 4:00 PT, the official Linkin Park shared out the following, perfect photo:

Bennington was open about his struggles with mental health from the start, encouraging others to seek help, as seen below.

Bennington, a Phoenix, Arizona native, picked up music at an early age and his career catapulted to success while with Linkin Park. The band released Hybrid Theory, their breakthrough album, in 2000, and the band rose to prominence with singles like "Crawling" and "One Step Closer."


Bennington's music often touched on tough, dark topics like depression, suicide, and death. While dark, Linkin Park and Bennington went on to influence a generation of musicians in rock and nu metal while selling more than 70 million records in the process.

Bands like Evanescence, Of Mice & Men, Bring Me The Horizon, Kevin Rudolf and Emery have cited Linkin Park as a heavy musical influence over the years. 

Linkin Park's most recent album, One More Light, was released May 19, with the tour set to kick off July 27. 

Bennington leaves behind six children.

As always, if you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, drug addiction, depression or anything else, a list of resources can be found here.