Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman is dead at 41
Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park has ended his legacy by committing suicide at the age of 41. He was found dead in his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9 am (local time) on Thursday confirmed by the coroner and is being treated as a suspected suicide.
Chester Bennington who was known for his free flowing anguish released seven albums with Linkin Park. The most recent and the last one of Bennington album with Linkin Park is One More Light. It arrived in May and debuted number 1 on the Billboard album chart. This is the 6 Linkin Park Billboard number 1 album. An achievement only reached by a small cadre and big names The Metallica and The Eagles. This winning streak of Linkin Park began with “Hybrid Theory” which has sold more than 11 million copies domestically, and kickstarted the young band into the mainstream thanks to the singles “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” “Papercut,” and “In the End.”
In both interviews and his music, he had never kept a secret of his childhood marked by sexual abuse, divorce and drug and alcohol use.
“Nobody can save me” the first track of “One More Light” include the Bennington words “I’m dancing with my demons, I’m hanging off the edge. … nobody can save me now.”
Mike Shinoda, one of the Linkin Park founder’s, spoke on the behalf of the group in a tweet. “Shocked and Heartbroken” he wrote adding that band will issue an official statement.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington has also fronted the Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.He had also made small appearances in the films Crank and Saw 3D. Chester Bennington’s death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. His close friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell, lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself this past May. Chester Bennington honored him on Twitter and performed at his funeral. Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s private memorial service.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
Chester Bennington Life
Chester Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, the youngest of four children. His mother was a nurse and his father a local police detective prone to pulling double shifts. Chester Bennington described his childhood as unhappy, citing his parents’ divorce when he was 11 and frequent molestation by an older friend, beginning when Bennington was “about 7 or 8” and continuing until he was 13.
“It destroyed my self-confidence,” he said of the abuse in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 2008. “Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.”
Chester Bennington found solace in writing angst-filled poetry, in drawing and in music. He cited Stone Temple Pilots and Depeche Mode as two of his earliest influences. As a teenager, he started his first band, Grey Daze, and gained something of a local following in the wake of the grunge explosion.
At 23, Charles Bennington was married and working in an unfulfilling job when a music industry acquaintance sent him a demo by the band Xero, featuring Mr. Shinoda, a California rapper and songwriter interested in mixing hip-hop and rock sounds.
“I never pretended I could carry the vocals on my own,” Mr. Shinoda told Kerrang! “I had these great melodies in my head, and I couldn’t get them across. I wanted to find someone who could do them justice.”
After he auditioned an array of vocalists, he gave the job to Chester Bennington, who had already recorded himself singing over the band’s early work. Together they became Linkin Park.
Chester Bennington had a child, Jaime, from a previous relationship with Elka Brand. He also adopted his son, Isaiah.
Chester Bennington married his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, on October 31, 1996. They had one child together, Draven Sebastian Bennington. Bennington’s relationship with his first wife declined during his early years with Linkin Park, and they divorced in 2005. He subsequently married Talinda Ann Bentley. A former Playboy model with whom he had three children: Tyler Lee Bennington and twins Lilly and Lila.
In a Wired article the next year, he revealed that he and his wife had been victims of an aggressive cyberstalker. Cyberstalker had gained access to everything from their Social Security numbers to their social plans. The experience was deeply unsettling, leading Chester Bennington, who was famously open and available to his fans, to withdraw.He told wired,
“It sparks the sort of anger you don’t normally experience,”
Devon Townsend, the woman who had tormented Mr. Bennington and his family, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008.
Despite his years of turmoil, Chester Bennington was optimistic in interviews during the lead-up to the new Linkin Park album this year.
“Where I’m at right now in 2017 is as far on the opposite side of the scale to where I was at this time in 2015,” he told Rock Sound. “I literally hated life and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have feelings.’ And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’ ”
A Final Tribute
Linkin Park’s most recent album One More Light was released in May. Bennington’s death came just days before the band was due to kick off the US section of their latest world tour. A new video of talking to myself , featuring Bennington, was released this morning.
Tributes to Bennington flooded in soon after news of his death.
The band Imagine Dragons tweeted: “no words, so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.”
Grime artist Stormzy, who collaborated with Linkin Park earlier this year, tweeted: “Bruv I can’t lie I’m so upset serious.”
A good goodbye to Chester Bennington.