Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, has died aged 41.
His body was found at a private home at the Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday and he is said to have hanged himself.
Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May, was said to be close to Bennington. News of his death has emerged on what would have been his 53rd birthday.
Bennington spoke about his struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.
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Linkin Park formed in 1996 and the band rose to international fame with their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in 2000; Their indeed hybrid sound that mixed rock, rap and metal made them one of the biggest bands of the 21st century. They recorded 7 albums and had hits such as ‘In The End’ and ‘Numb’.
In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, ‘Out of Ashes’, in 2009.
Just this month, Linkin Park played three UK dates as part of their ‘One More Light’ tour in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Bennington leaves behind six children from two marriages.