Groundbreaking Linkin Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Passes After Troubled Life
Shortly after 9 a.m., influential music artist Chester Bennington was found deceased in a Los Angeles home. According to the L.A. County Coroner, the Linkin Park singer was discovered inside a Palos Verdes Estates home hanged. A young man of just 41 years, his untimely death is being investigated as a suicide by local authorities.
Linkin Park is a ubiquitous band for millennials, receiving multiple Grammy’s in the early 2000s for songs like “Crawling” and “Numb/Encore,” featuring Jay-Z. The band are broadly considered pioneers, with their unique style of blending rap & rock music to truly create a new genre.
Unfortunately, for lead singer Chester Bennington, so much of the anguish and pain in his lyrics and delivery was based upon a painful childhood.
Chester experienced a troubled life of cocaine and methamphetamine addiction, after a scarring childhood involving sexual abuse.
Chester’s abusive childhood haunted him well into adulthood. He told The guardian in 2011, “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun.”
“My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”
It is clear that the demons of his childhood effected Chester throughout his brief life. He passed on as a young man, and his death is being grieved by millions of fans and celebrities, as well. It is truly a tragedy that he was unable to get help to turn his life around and make peace with the traumatic past that unfortunately defined his emotional outlook his entire life.
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