What we need to learn from Linkin Park frontman's death

31 Juillet, 2017, 01:07 | Auteur: Sue Barrett
  • Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs

Rob Thomas tweeted a photo of Bennington, along with the words, "Sonf of the day: NUMB - LINKIN PARK".

The In the End hitmaker was also the singer in Dead by Sunrise, and performed as frontman for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015, as well as collaborating as a solo artist with the likes of his Santana, Motley Crue, his close friend Chris Cornell - who committed suicide in May - DJ Z-Trip and Handsome Boy Modeling School.

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Linkin Park released their sixth studio album in 2014, The Hunting Party, with critics praising the band for returning to their original sound.

One thing no one can deny is the significant pain in Bennington's voice.

Speaking on behalf the band, Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda said in a tweet: "Shocked and heartbroken", and added that the group will be issuing a statement, The Times reported. The six-track album was critically acclaimed and a smash hit, going to number one on the Billboard album chart and selling over two million copies.

Bennington was open with his history of abuse and struggles with drugs and alcohol, which he claimed helped him create some of the band's biggest songs. "Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park".

A spokesman for the coroner's office told the Associated Press that Bennington's death is being investigated as an apparent suicide, but more details were not immediately available.

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