Last night the news broke that Chester Bennington, the frontman of nu metal band Linkin Park had died from a suspected suicide. The news shocked the music community, Bennington had just released a new album with Linkin Park, One More Light, and was set to embark on the US leg of the group’s world tour later this month. Tributes have come in from across the world with Chester’s bandmate Mike Shinoda confirming the news on Twitter.
Bennington served as the frontman of Linkin Park since 1999 and gained a reputation as one of the rock world’s most fearsome vocalists. The band are one of the most successful acts to emerge from the nu metal scene of the early 2000s and were known for their fusion of rock and hip hop, collaborating with the likes of Jay Z, Busta Rhymes and Pusha T over the course of their career. Bennington recorded and released nine albums, seven with Linkin Park, one with side project Dead by Dawn and a collaborative album between Linkin Park and Jay Z, Collision Course. Their debut album Hybrid Theory went on to become a huge commercial success and has sold over 30 million copies to date.
As a frontman, Bennington was loved by fans for his ability to turn his struggles with mental health and drug abuse into empowering and relatable lyrics. Though initially specialising in their distinctive fusion of metal and rap, the band went on to expand their sound on their more recent albums, ultimately heading in a more popular direction on One More Light. Bennington was also close friends with former Soundgarden/ Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and performed at the late singer’s funeral with the rest of Linkin Park. He leaves behind a wife and six children.
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The National Suicide Hotline Lifeline is 1 (800) 273 8255