LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday of apparent suicide a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on a U.S. tour.
Bennington, 41, known for his powerful, belting vocals, died at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said.
Spokesman Brian Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide, and celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself while alone at the house when his family was out of town.
“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one,” tweeted Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda.
Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He spoke openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found fame in 2000 with their best-selling debut album “Hybrid Theory” and went on to become one of the most popular alt-rock bands of their generation.
The band’s latest album, “One More Light,” was released in May, and Linkin Park had been touring South America and Europe until two weeks ago.
Bennington’s death came a week before the band was due to kick off the U.S. leg of the tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. It also came the same day as the release of Linkin Park’s music video “Talking to Myself.”