Rock lovers have been shocked by the death of Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of the Linkin Park band which was famed for the ‘Numb’ 2004 hit. This comes months after his friend, Chris Cornell committed suicide on 17th May, in Detroit.
The 41-year-old committed suicide after battling depression for a while, citing a troubled childhood. “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun,” he said in an interview with The Guardian in 2011. “No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started.”
Bennington was the son of a nurse and a police officer, who divorced when he was eleven. That was when he embarked on abusing drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and even methamphetamine. Bennington said that seeing photos of himself as a child brought back the memories. “I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry,” he said. “My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while”.
The band achieved utmost success with him as the front runner. Their latest album, “One More Light”, which was released in May, 2017, had a different sound compared to their previous albums. Linkin Park was set to tour in Boston next week.
Condolences have poured in from different people on social media.
“Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.” Wrote Jimmy Kimmel.
“Chester it was truly a pleasure, thank you for sharing your greatness… #RIP #LinkinPark ??…” said King Pusha.
He is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley and six children.