Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41
Saturday, July 22, 2017
A two-timeaward winner with the band, Chester Bennington joined Linkin Park when he was 23. Also featuring rapper , Linkin Park released their first album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The band went on to release six more albums featuring Bennington's voice, including One More Light, which was released this year. The band was scheduled to go on a tour for One More Light, but it has been canceled.
Their song Crawling, from Hybrid Theory, won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band was also nominated for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist. A year after releasing Meteora, Linkin Park collaborated with rapperfor the Collision Course EP in 2004 whose single Numb/Encore won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Meteora has sold more than 27 million copies, which featured the hit song Numb.
In his statement,CEO said, "Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul." President said, "We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community".
In 2013, Bennington performed at the Phoenix, Arizona, to a nurse and a police detective, Bennington recounted being abused in his childhood, molested by an older friend over the course of several years starting when he was seven or eight. In a 2008 interview with , he said, "It destroyed my self-confidence [...] Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn't want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience."MAP Fund benefit concert, whose aim was to aid addiction treatment. Born on March 20, 1976 in
In an interview with drugs and alcohol."in 2009, he said, "I don't have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That's who I am, and I'm kind of lucky in a lot of ways because I get to do something about it." Of the band's Grammy-winning song Crawling, Bennington said the song was "about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of
His first marriage ended in a divorce, and he said, "I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem, and that parts of my personal life were crazy, but I didn't realise how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of 'Here's-what-you're-really-like.'" In 2011, he told The Guardian, "When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don't remember when it started [...] My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while."
Bennington died on the day his singer friendwould have turned 53. Cornell hanged himself earlier this year. After Cornell's death, Bennington said, "I can't imagine a world without you in it."
Bennington is survived by his six children and his wife, Talinda Bentley, whom he married in 2006.
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