Linkin Park singer kills himself

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41 in an apparent suicide, it has been confirmed.

The rock vocalist was found to have hanged himself at his home in California shortly before 9am on Thursday morning, according to website TMZ.

Bennington, who also performed with band Dead by Sunrise, was married and had six children.

He died on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, who killed himself in May this year.

Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda posted on Twitter: "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

The local coroner's office said Bennington's death "is being handled as a possible suicide".

A Palos Verdes Estates police spokesperson told Sky News: "At 8.56 we responded to a call at the 2800 block, Via Victoria.

"This remains under investigation."

Bennington battled drug and alcohol addiction at various times in his life but in 2011 said he had been sober for six years.

He was sexually abused as a child and suffered physical bullying at school, Bennington revealed in interviews.

His children came from his two marriages and a previous relationship, while he also adopted one of his sons.

Linkin Park achieved international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, which reached number four in the UK music charts.

The band then achieved UK number one albums with Meteora in 2003, Minutes to Midnight in 2007, and Living Things in 2012.

Five of their singles also reached the top 10 in the UK charts, while they famously collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for 2004 album Collision Course.

They released their latest album One More Light on 19 May this year, two days after Bennington's friend Cornell hanged himself in a hotel room.

Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah at Cornell's funeral.

Linkin Park are currently on a world tour and are scheduled to perform in Massachusetts on 27 July, the night before they are due to co-headline with fellow rock band Blink 182 in New York.

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