Hollywood, Music World React to Chester Bennington's Death
The Linkin Park frontman died by "possible suicide" on Thursday morning.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died at age 41 on Thursday morning.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office said that it was on the scene at the singer's Palos Verdes estate investigating a "possible suicide." The band had just released its seventh studio One More Light, and was embarking on an extensive North American tour this summer and in the fall.
The singer struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. His band had a string of hits over nearly two decades, with their debut album Hybrid Theory going diamond in album sales.
Linkin Park bandmember Mike Shinoda confirmed the news in a tweet: "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one." Later in the day, the band posted a photo of Bennington in remembrance.
"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," tweeted late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx also remembered Bennington, tweeting, "I am in tears. Chester just told me how happy he was… He was such a sweet and talented man… I feel so sad for his family, band mates and fans."
Bennington was remembered by fellow artists, musicians, actors and fans following the news of his death.
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
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
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
Please reach out to someone. Help is always there even when U think it isn't. RIP Chester Bennington— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) 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
Chester... You and the guys all influenced an entire generation. You went so hard and set so many kids free of their environments and situations. You let NERD open for you in Germany, we'll never forget that show; YOU CRUSHED IT. The last time I saw you, you gave us chills. Your essence is amongst the stars. Rest now,
Saddened to learn about the passing of the talented Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. My heart breaks for his family and children.— Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) July 20, 2017
We lost another legend R.I.P. Chester Bennington of (linkin park) prayers up for the family so sad— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester B.— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) July 20, 2017