LOS ANGELES - Chester Bennington, the acclaimed lead singer for the platinum-selling rock band Linkin Park, was found dead by hanging at his home near Los Angeles Thursday. He was 41.
Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner, confirmed the death, in Palos Verdes Estates, adding that the death was being investigated as a possible suicide after police officers responded to a call just after 9 a.m. Bennington, who was known for his piercing singing style, fronted the band on its seven albums.
The group’s newest, “One More Light,” was released in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was set to begin a tour with a concert on July 27 in Mansfield, Mass.
Bennington first gained the attention of fans as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park's debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. The band’s next studio albums, from Meteora (2003) to “One More Light” continued the band's success.