Linkin Park's Chester Bennington found dead - reports

News 21/07/2017

Chester Bennington, lead singer of nu-metal rockers Linkin Park, has reportedly been found dead.

Hollywood news site TMZ says he was found dead on Thursday morning (US time) in an apparent suicide at a residence in Los Angeles, TMZ cites local police as saying.

The 41-year-old leaves behind six children from two marriages, and his present wife, Talinda Ann Bentley.

The Linkin Park frontman was close friends with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died in May - also in an apparent suicide. Today - July 20 in the US - would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Bennington wrote an open letter on the day Cornell died, posting it on Twitter.

Linkin Park found fame in the early 2000s with hits like 'Numb' and 'In The End'. The band was at the forefront of the nu-metal sound, and collaborated with rapper Jay Z on 2004's Collision Course. The band's last album, One More Light, came out in May.

In 2013 Bennington briefly joined Stone Temple Pilots, whose lead singer Scott Weiland died in December 2015.

This is breaking news - more to follow.

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