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A SPECIAL HERO OF THE DAY!
Age: was 41
Occupation: lead singer Linkin Park
Last Seen: Palos Verdes Estates, California
Awarded For: being a huge influence on rock
Today was another shocking day in the world of
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the
rock band Linkin Park was found dead in his
California home today from suicide by hanging.
He was just 41. Bennington left behind his
wife, Talinda and six children from Talinda
and his first wife, Samantha.
Bennington had been the lead singer of Linkin
Park since 1999. A year after joining, the
group released their first album, "Hybrid
Theory", which was the band's name before
switching to Linkin Park. The album was a
colossal success, selling over eleven million
copies and spawning four hit singles:
"Crawling", "Papercut", "In the End" and their
breakout hit, "One Step Closer". The band's
mix of Chester's smooth vocals, Mike Shinoda's
rapping and the blaring guitars of Brad Delson
along with Joe Hahn's turntable stylings and
we can't forget Dave Farrell on bass helped
give that fusion of rap, rock and electronic
that gave the band its innovative edge.
In all, the band released seven albums and
sold over 70 million albums worldwide. They
kept reinventing their sound over the years,
though some thought their latest album, "One
More Light" was too poppy, alienating many of
their long-time fans. However, it still has
sold well, debuting at #1 on the Billboard
Linkin Park was also known for their work with
charity, helping with those affected by
tragedies overseas like the 2009 Haiti
earthquake and the Tsunami in Japan in 2011.
But despite all the fame and the help Chester
brought to this world, his sad side ate him
up. He admitted in an interview that from ages
seven to 13, he was continuously sexually
molested by an older male and was afraid to
tell anybody. At age 11, Chester's parents
divorced and he turned to drugs and alcohol, a
battle he fought on and off over the years,
well into his singing career.
Chester was close to Chris Cornell, the lead
singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple
of the Dog. When Cornell committed suicide by
hanging earlier this year, he played the song
at his funeral. Some are now speculating that
Chester was very depressed over his sudden
passing. Yesterday would have been Cornell's
Bennington was also a former lead singer of
Stone Temple Pilots. In 2013, he and the rest
of the band released an EP, "High Rise" which
produced the #1 rock single "Out of Time". He
replaced Scott Weiland due to his drug
troubles. Weiland passed away in 2015.
Suicide never resolves anything. But in
Chester's case, the baggage that he had
growing up failed to allow him to move
forward. He should have talked to a friend or
even sought counseling. He should have thought
about what positive he accomplished instead of
the personal sadness he faced.
Because otherwise, his music will live on.
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