Shock is an understatement. The death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington left his fans completely stunned. He was in the thick of success with apparently a great family life and children. He looked to have a contented life.
But death never comes from settled and known routes. It always throw surprises for the person whom it is directly attacking and others, close family members and everyone else related to him or her through different indirect relations.
The same seems to have happened with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. At just 41-year of age, when people make plans for their lives ahead, is no more. He died earlier today. While his death is shocking, the way he died is all the more shocking. A TMZ report said that he committed suicide by hanging himself.
A TMZ report said, “Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM…The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male”.
Bennington entered the music industry rather early. Unlike what many believe, he didn’t enter the music industry with Linkin Park. On the contrary, he made his first move in the industry in the year 1993 with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends?. They released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. Later, Sean Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona.
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Some reports claim that when his initial efforts proved futile, the singer was almost ready to quit his musical career altogether when Jeff Blue, the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, offered him an audition with the future members of Linkin Park. The singer reportedly quit his day job at a digital services firm and took his family to California, where he had a successful audition with Linkin Park, who were then called Xero. On October 24, 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, through Warner Bros. Records. Bennington and Shinoda wrote the lyrics to Hybrid Theory based on some early material. It became one of the most successful albums of the decade.
The singer who married twice is survived by his six children, Jaime, with former girlfriend Elka Brand, adopted son Isaiah, son Draven with first wife Samantha Marie Olit, as well as children Tyler Lee and twins Lily and Lila with his second wife, Talinda Ann Bentley.
His second wife Bentley whom he married in the year 2006 was formerly a Playboy model. A report in IBTimes, while talking about their initial marital hiccups says, “Their first year of marriage saw the couple plagued by a cyberstalker, who sent bizarre emails to Bentley not long after she and Bennington had married. Among them, according to Wired in 2007, were ones claiming the sender was “happy” for them before linking to a web site run by his ex, dark inferences about Talinda’s own dating history, and others which indicated the sender knew she was home alone during times her husband was on tour. The situation later escalated to creepy phone calls, as well as bizarre emails sent out from Talinda’s own account, ones she never had written”.