Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dead in apparent suicide
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Photograph: (Twitter)
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was reported to have committed suicide on Thursday at his southern California home.
Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington, 41, had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.
A Palos Verdes police spokesman could not confirm the report. But spokesman Greg Robinson said in a statement that officers had been dispatched to an address in Palos Verdes early on Thursday morning.
Representatives of the band did not immediately return calls for comment.
Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album "Hybrid Theory." But in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.
The band's latest studio album, "One More Light," was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour.
Bennington's death came a week before the band was due to kick off the U.S. leg of its tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.