The Linkin Park frontman’s body was found on Thursday morning at his Los Angeles residence after he had reportedly hanged himself.
The singer of US rock band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has died after an apparent suicide.
The Los Angeles county coroner confirmed that the singer’s body was found at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles, at 9 am local time (1600 UTC).
Brian Elias, the chief of operations at the county coroner’s office, said that Bennington’s death was “being handled as a possible suicide” but refused to provide further details.
Bennington had reportedly struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He was also open about his troubled childhood while growing up in Arizona, having suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member.
Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park’s guitarist and co-vocalist alongside Bennington, tweeted he was: “Shocked and heartbroken.”
Linkin Park was due to embark on a US tour next week. The band’s future remains unclear.
Following the news of the singer’s death, there was an outpouring of grief from the music world. Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich praised Bennington on Twitter.