- Chester Bennington, 41, hanged himself at his Palos Verdes home on Thursday
- The Linkin Park frontman was alone at the time and he was found by an employee
- Bennington, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, was married to his wife Talinda and is survived by his six children from his two marriages
- The singer’s family were out of town when he killed himself
- Family and friends said they are in absolute ‘shock’ over the singer’s death
- His suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday
- He sang for the crowd of mourners at Cornell’s funeral after his suicide in May
- Friend said Cornell’s death deeply affected singer who struggled with addiction
- Linkin Park were in the middle of a tour when news broke of his death
- His band released its new music video two hours before news of his death broke
Friends and family of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington are in absolute ‘shock’ over the rock star’s apparent suicide as it’s revealed they believed he ‘was in a good place in his life’.
The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.
A Los Angeles County coroner confirmed they were investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.
Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself from a door, in a similar manner to friend Chris Cornell, in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.
Band-mate Joe Hahn arrived at his home on Thursday afternoon. Other friends and relatives flipped the finger to photographers gathered outside.
After news of his shock death emerged, friends said that while they never suspected he’d kill himself, Bennington was ‘never the same’ after the death of his close friend Chris Cornell.
His apparent suicide coincided with Cornell’s birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging.