Fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington today, after the singer was found dead inside a Los Angeles County home this morning. His death at 41 is being investigated as a suicide.
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
In May, when Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell killed himself, Bennington wrote an emotional letter to his friend: “You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.”
Bennington performed “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
As news of Bennington’s death spread, other musicians paid tribute to the platinum-selling singer on social media.
We are deeply saddened by Chester's death. We loved him. Our condolences to Chester's family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones.
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
Chester had 6 kids. If anyone out there thinks the world is better without you. You are so unspeakably wrong on every level. Get help plz
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
With thanks to One Republic for the important reminder, help is available if you or someone you know is struggling. These resources are free, confidential and available whenever you need them:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, trained crisis workers are ready to receive your call. All calls are free and confidential, or if you’d prefer to chat online, visit Lifeline Crisis Chat. For support en español, dial 1-888-628-9454. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-800-799-4889.
Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
Trained Department of Veterans Affairs responders staff this hotline, where veterans, active-duty service members and their friends and family can receive confidential support and counseling 24/7. You can also text 838255 to connect via text. If you’re concerned that you may be suffering with stress or depression, take the Self-Check Quiz and a qualified responder will review your answers and offer personalized support.
SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
If you or someone you know needs treatment for depression, substance abuse or other mental health disorders, this 24/7/365 hotline will send you in the right direction. Free and confidential, service providers in English or Spanish can direct you to local treatment facilities, support groups and other organizations in your community.