Linkin Park's frontman known for his anguished growling, Chester Bennington, was found dead in his LA home on Thursday. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Bennington was 41 and is survived by his six children.
If there was a sound that defined the early 2000s, it was Linkin Park's. The band redefined the rap-rock genre and in addition to racking up millions and millions in record sales, Linkin Park was very much a cross-genre band, performing collaborative tracks with Jay-Z and having a wide user base of fans. Which is probably why so many people were affected by Bennington's passing.
I think I've already played 28 LP songs today, the entire 5pm hour is all for Chester Bennington.— Ted Stryker (@TedStryker) July 20, 2017
He was so nice to me, made me feel special
Fellow artists and fans alike flocked to social media to mourn the passing of the singer and offer their tributes to the troubled artist.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
"A Thousand Suns" got me through a horribly dark time. I'm indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) July 20, 2017
Oh, Chester Bennington. Suicide is heartbreakingly terrible. My grandma used to say, "No one wants to die, they just want the pain to stop".— Kandee Johnson (@kandeejohnson) July 21, 2017
Linkin Park means so much to so many people. All the friends, fans and family affected are in my heart right now.— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. 💔
RIP Chester Bennington. Linkin Park was one of my favourite bands growing up and he was so talented. His music helped me through a lot— ㅤ (@angelicelves) July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington & Linkin Park taught me that anger is a valid artistic expression. They empowered me to make music & trust my feelings— MEISHI (@MeishiSmile) July 20, 2017
His sudden death also sparked a very real conversation about suicide and depression, as well as addiction, given his reported history of alcohol and drug abuse.
Chester Bennington leaves behind six children that he'll never get to see grow up. They get to miss out on a dad.— Michael, still here (@Home_Halfway) July 20, 2017
We matter. Remember that.
"Depression is hard to understand. But if it can kill Robin Williams, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington I'd say it's pretty damn real."— Diogo Bernardo (@diogomlbernardo) July 20, 2017
People started posting links to suicide prevention hotlines from all over the world.
Need to talk? (New Zealand)— Resist Normal (@HopeForNZ) February 3, 2016
Suicide Crisis Line on
0508 82 88 65,
Lifeline on 0800 543 345 or
Youthline on 0800 376633.
One fan, Redditor ashjmercs, even provided the most 2000s photo ever she took with Bennington.
And that's exactly how I want to remember him: As the angsty early 2000s screamer who wrote music you immediately identified with. RIP Chester.