Chester Bennington widely known for being the front-man for the band Linkin Park was found dead Thursday in what has been ruled a suicide by hanging.
Law enforcement said Bennington hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. Chester Bennington’s body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester Bennington has documented struggle with drugs and alcohol for years. Chester said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
Coincidentally, Chester was very close with fellow artist Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging in May. Chester committed suicide on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.
“I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video oof you singing “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family.”
Chester Bennington’s death also seems to have mimicked the suicide of Chris Cornell. According to Law enforcement Bennington was found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet. Chris Cornell died hanging from a hotel door separating the bedroom from the bathroom. Chester was found with a belt around his neck. Chris was found with an exercise band around his neck. There was a partially empty bottle of alcohol in the room where Chester died, but no evidence of drugs. Chester did not leave a suicide note in the room. Neither did Chris.
Cornell’s wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester’s death, saying, “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more … I love you T.”
Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more…..I love you T
— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) July 20, 2017
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. Bennington was 41.