Again we lost a shining star from among us. Frontman of world famous music band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington commited suicide at the age of 41 as he hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday, July 20.
The whole world music industry and Linkin Park admirers are in deep grief. According to reports Chester was struggling through drugs and alcohol addiction. Married, he was survived by 6 children.
Born on March 20 1976 in Phoenix Arizona, US. Chester was a music lover from a young age and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots, which he later achieved. Due to the divorce of his parents, the singer got into drugs and alcohol which he later tried to give up. In an interview, Chester revealed that he had suffered sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. He was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until the age of 13. At the age of 17 he moved with his mother who banned him from going out when she came to know about his drug activity.
Before starting his career in Linkin Park he used to sing with the band called ‘Sean Dowdell’. Chester primarily served as Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, but occasionally shared the role with Shinoda. In addition to Linkin Park, Chester formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. He also teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland’s departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013. He also appeared as lead single from Z- Trip’s debut album ‘Shifting gears’.
The world is trying to come up with Chester’s demise and tributes are pouring from all over the world. Linkin Park was one of the most popular outfits in India, especially with their breakout album Hybrid Theory. The band had released a new album just few hours before the news of Chester’s demise. The video is comprised of band and Chester in the element and interacting with his fans. Call it the fate or co-incidence that the video ends with the shot of Chester walking away from the microphone.
One more voice lost in the Oblivion.