Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Cornell
The death of Linkin Park leader Chester Bennington was a surprise to the world when it was announced, but it also resembled the death of his friend and fellow rocker Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May.
Authorities investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Brian Elias said on Thursday. Bennington, 41, was found dead at his home near Los Angeles. He had a close relationship with Cornell and died in what would have been the Soundgarden’s 53rd birthday musician.
Bennington was also the godfather of the 11-year-old son at Cornell, Chris. Bennington and sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen at Cornell Commemorative.
Cornells Bennington calls a family member in a statement Thursday.
“Cornell’s family is overwhelmed by the heartbreaking news that Chester Bennington tragically come so soon after the loss of his family,” said a Cornell family spokesman. “They open their loving arms to the family of Chester and share the pain with those who loved him.”
Cornell died after a concert in Detroit. Linkin Park was on tour next week.
Bennington helped Linkin Park, whose mixed rock sound, becoming one of the most successful acts in the world in the 2000s. The Grammy-winning band has sold more than 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, “Hybrid Theory “, Which introduced the megawatts and the anthem,” at the end “. 6 million were sold with the multiplatinum 2003 “Meteora”. Both albums explore feelings of frustration and anger.
The success helped Linkin Park to become No. 1 on the undercard of rock songs and alternative songs.
The band’s co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened”.
“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a great heart and a caring soul.” Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his bandmates and his many friends, “Chief Directing Warner Bros. Records. Cameron and President Stang said in a statement.
Bennington’s voice could reach a drilling force or down to a whisper. Rolling Stone called it a “howling shrapnel resembles that of a double person of its size.”
The group also sold millions with their remix album, “Reanimation,” and their mash-up track record with Jay-Z, “collision course”. They won Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2001 for “Crawling” and Best Rap / Song “Encore Numb /” Collaboration in 2005. Linkin Park was soon to perform next week in Massachusetts and New York.
Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at different times in his life. He said he had been sexually abused when a man and was homeless for months before the group was found.
Linkin Park released their latest album, “One More Light”, in May. It was an album that divided critics and fans by the embrace of evil pop. A song on the album, “Heavy”, begins with the words: “I do not like my mind now.”