Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, has reportedly taken his own life.
TMZ reports Bennington was discovered Thursday morning in his California home, after apparently hanging himself. Bennington was 41 years old. He’s married, has one ex-wife, and is a father to six children.
Mike Shinoda, Bennington’s longtime Linkin Park bandmate, confirmed the news Thursday afternoon.
The news is being met with shock and sadness on social media, as fans and colleagues mourn the loss.
The annual rate of suicide has been trending upward, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That increase was driven by the number of men who took their own life, with the health department noting half of the increase in suicides happened among white men ages 25-34.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Bennington’s powerful voice, in tandem with the rap work of Mike Shinoda, formed the signature sound of Linkin Park, which burst onto the scene with “In the End” and “Crawling” off of their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000.
Linkin Park’s upcoming tour was set to start in just a week in support of their most recent album, One More Light. (The band was slated to perform at the Xcel on August 15.) The album went to the top of the Billboard charts, marking Linkin Park’s sixth No. 1 album. He also performed for a couple years with Stone Temple Pilots, and was involved in a number of side projects.
Bennington has spoken publicly in the past about his struggles with drug addiction – alcohol and an assortment hard street drugs.
He was also friends with Chris Cornell, the former Soundgarden singer who took his own life, and wrote this emotional message following Cornell’s death.