UPDATE: Chester Bennington’s death has been ruled a suicide by the LA County coroner.
His death has been confirmed by his bandmate Mike Shinoda, and is being investigated by the coroner as a possible suicide by hanging.
“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” Shinoda says. “An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Bennington, who was married with six children from two wives, reportedly hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in LA County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9am local time, and tributes to the late singer have been flowing in ever since.
Bennington sang at the funeral of late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell earlier this year, after the rocker also allegedly killed himself by hanging. He later wrote Cornell a heartfelt letter.
In June, Bennington responded after he was heckled by metalheads during Linkin Park’s Hellfest set.
Bennington joined Linkin Park in the late ’90s when they were still known as Xero. The band released their somewhat controversial new pop-infused album One More Light in May this year.
Bennington played his last show with the band in Birmingham, England on 6th July.
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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