When it comes to subjects such as this, there's no need for gimmicky language or comedic flair. The fact is a man died, and a very talented man at that. It's senselessly tragic and that's all there is to it. I do however realize the importance of closure for certain people, especially fans of Chester Bennington and Linkin Park. So, for that reason alone, we will provide what we've learned. Accordning to TMZ—
"Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male."
Truly sad stuff, my friends. This has not been an easy year in Hollywood when it comes to loss and Chester's death is certainly no exception. I think we'd all be lying if we said we didn't absolutely love rocking out to Linkin Park back in the day (who am I kidding? I did last week!). Songs like "Numb", "One Step Closer", and "In The End" were early-2000's anthems, to be sure.
Just months ago, Chester tweeted about the death of rock legend, Chris Cornell. It all seems very harrowing now. In truth, some of the most talented people have the most pain inside of them. It's an unfortunate trend and we've seen far too many artists fall victim. Chester's legacy will live on in his art, just as Chris Cornell's will—just as every artist who has ever touched the heart of a fan. Music is perhaps one of the most important art forms and we should all make it a point to cherish the musicians and entertainers we love each day.