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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies of apparent suicide

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide, according to TMZ and other media reports.

The 41-year-old frontman for the rock band reportedly hanged himself at his Los Angeles residence and was found Thursday morning.

Bennington is survived by his wife and six children.

The musician openly discussed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction throughout the duration of the band, which had a mega-platinum career in the early-‘00s with hits including “In the End,” “Numb” and “What I’ve Done.”

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Their seventh album, “One More Light,” arrived in May and topped the Billboard 200 chart upon its release.

Linkin Park recently completed a tour of Europe to support the album and was slated to kick off a summer run of arenas and amphitheaters with Machine Gun Kelly on July 27 in Boston. No Atlanta date was scheduled; the band last performed here in 2012.

Bennington was close friends with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging in May and would have turned 53 today. After Cornell’s death, Bennington posted a touching tribute.

Musicians, including bandmate Mike Shinoda, quickly took to social media to share their grief and shock about Bennington's death:

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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