Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington found dead in Los Angeles

Publish Date
Friday, 21 July 2017, 6:40AM
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TMZ reports the 41-year-old was found dead at a private home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles yesterday.

Law enforcement officials say his body was found shortly before 9am.

The singer had battled drugs and alcohol in the past.

Formed in 1996, Linkin Park gained international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, for which Bennington was vocalist.

Their next two albums, Meteora, in 2003 and Minutes to Midnight (2007) also topped the Billboard charts.

Initially a nu metal and rap metal band, Linkin Park explored other genres, adding electronic sounds and beats to their fourth album, A Thousand Suns, in 2010 and returning to heavier rock by their sixth album, The Hunting Party, in 2014 Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 2000, and formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, in 2005. He also worked on material with the Stone Temple Pilots in 2013.

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- NZ Herald