Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington remembered by friends, family and fans
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41 on Thursday morning (US time), according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office. was found dead in an apparent suicide at a residence in Los Angeles.
Linkin Park was founded by three high school friends, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson in 1996. Bennington joined the band in March 1999, eventually became Linkin Park’s lead vocalist alongside Shinoda.
Over the years, Chester’s “higher-pitched” and “emotional” vocals op-style, eventually become Linkin Park’s signature sound.
Linkin Park has sold over 70 million albums, and their debut, Hybrid Theory, was the best-selling album of 2001. Their song “Crawling,” taken from that album, earned them a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. They won another in 2006, for “Numb/Encore,” a collaboration with Jay-Z. Their seventh album, One More Light, was released in May.
Fans and celebrities to remember and pay tributes to the fallen rock star. Rihanna, Jimmy Kimmel and Chance the Rapper are among the hordes of celebrities giving their condolences after the shock death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell have said they are “heartbroken” by the death of close friend and bandmate, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
The band has collaborated with many artists over the years including Jay-Z and, more recently, London grime star Stormzy for a track on their new album called Good Goodbye.
I am heartbroken you do not know what someone’s going through serious. Prayers up for your family right now my brother ❤️💔❤️💔
— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) July 20, 2017
Famous Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams also remembered Chester:
RIP Chester Bennington #LinkinPark
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) July 20, 2017
Jimmy Kemmel wrote this:
Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017
Warner Bros Records CEO and chairman Cameron Strang made a heartfelt statement about Bennington, whose band is signed to the label.
— Warner Bros. Records (@wbr) July 20, 2017
So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
My heart is shattered. I can’t fucking believe this is real. Crying writing this now. Destroyed. pic.twitter.com/MeEBJD9gi3
— Kolony July 21 (@steveaoki) July 20, 2017