Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide on Thursday, law enforcement sources told entertainment portal TMZ.
The singer hanged himself at a residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered on Thursday morning.
He was married with six children from two wives.
Bennington was also very close with Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May.
Linkin Park has had a string of hits over the years including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.”
Linkin Park’s album “Meteroa” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.
Bennington reportedly struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had also said that he had considered committing suicide as he was abused by an older male as a child, added TMZ.
Linkin Park’s massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003’s Meteora, became the first of the band’s six chart-topping albums. Over the course of seven studio albums and a collaborative EP with JAY-Z, Linkin Park established itself as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the 21st century.
Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “In the End” from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. “Numb” from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, “What I’ve Done” reached No. 7 in 2007, “New Divide” peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and “Shadow of the Day” earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.