Rest In Peace Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Wow. The loss of Chester Bennington is a major blow to the musical community. Linkin Park’s sound defined a decade of music and influenced a generation of musicians. Their influence can be heard throughout current rock music. Bands like Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots could not exist with Link Park.

Side note: The Linkin Park / Jay Z collaboration album is one of my favorite things that has ever happened.

This also strikes hard, after Chester Bennington was so vocal after Chris Cornell‘s suicide.

TMZ: “Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide … TMZ has learned.

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.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

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.

Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.

The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.”

“I tried so hard / And got so far / But in the end / It doesn’t even matter…” – Chester Bennington / Linkin Park

Kind of chilling listening to this song’s performance right now…