CHESTER Bennington, the lead singer of band Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide.

TMZ reports that 41-year-old was found dead in Los Angeles just before 9am local time (11pm AEST)

Chester was married to Talinda Ann Bentley and had three children with her and another three children from a previous relationship.

Bennington had been open about his battles with drugs and alcohol.

US band Linkin Park. (L to R) Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix.
US band Linkin Park. (L to R) Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix. Supplied

He has said in the past that he considered suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

Bennington was close friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Today, would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.
Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. Owen Sweeney - Invision - AP

Bennington wrote an open letter to Cornell on the day of his suicide in May and later performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at the funeral service.

Linkin Park had many hits, including In The End, and their album Meteroa was a huge success.

In The End - Linkin Park

Tributes immediately started to roll in following news of his death, with many expressing their shock and sadness.

"Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show," Jimmy Kimmel tweeted. "My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly."

Band One Republic said the news "breaks our heart".


If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000

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