Fans and fellow artists are mourning the death of Chester Bennington, just hours after the Linkin Park lead singer’s body was found in Los Angeles.
Bennington, who gained critical and commercial success as part of Linkin Park, reportedly died by suicide after hanging himself. His fellow Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda was still reeling from the tragic news.
“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” tweeted Shinoda. “An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Bennington’s impact on music and his vocal prowess were celebrated by his peers including Rihanna, who offered her condolences. “Literally the most impressive talent I’ve ever seen live,” she wrote, along with several crying emojis. “Vocal beast! #RIPChester #LinkinPark.”
Linkin Park’s music often dealt with emotional distress, a reflection of Bennington’s battles with suicidal thoughts, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse. Many listeners found solace in the group’s work, as a result of this honest exploration of life’s challenges, including Lupe Fiasco.
“His words and vibes helped me in my own dark times,” tweeted Lupe. “such an inspiration…Thanx for that Chester!”
Others, like Machine Gun Kelly, were in disbelief. “the news can’t be true,” he tweeted. “ive accepted a lot of things, but this one is too much…not Chester. not like this…love you Chester. love you more than you know. music will never be the same without u…I’m honored to have shared these moments.”
See additional condolences and messages of appreciation to Chester Bennington below.