I don’t have the words to do this justice right now, so I’m not going to try. We are terribly saddened to learn that Linkin Park’s iconic co-frontman Chester Bennington passed away earlier today (20th July 2017) at his home in Los Angeles. The death is currently suspected as being suicide, though local police have not confirmed or denied this at this time.
The news broke earlier through TMZ and has quickly been reported on by both the worldwide music media, and wider news media as a whole. It has been confirmed that the local coroners office are conducting a death investigation.
Initially many fans, including ourselves, wondered if it might be a hoax, but the awful news was confirmed by Chester’s Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda on Twitter about half an hour after the news first broke.
Chester Bennington leaves behind a wife and three children, plus an additional three children from his first marriage. He had had well documented battles with alcohol and heroin over the years and a few years ago opened up to the fact that he was sexually abused as a child.
Linkin Park were most recently in the UK for a run of arena shows just two weeks ago. Everyone here at Rock Sins extends the biggest sympathies and condolences to Chester’s wife, children, family, bandmates and legions of fans worldwide.
For more information, as well as reaction from various people from the world of rock and metal, we suggest visiting the Blabbermouth post on this story, as they are regularly updating it – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/report-linkin-park-singer-chester-bennington-commits-suicide/.