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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington commits suicide at 41

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide. TMZ reports the 41-year-old hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County on Thursday morning.

Law enforcement officials say his body was found shortly before 9am.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

He had six children from his two marriages. He had been married to model Talinda Ann Bentley for 12 years.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was set to start touring at the end of July following the release of the bands latest album One More Light.

The band's sixth album, which was released in May, jumped to the top of the Billboard chart.

Linkin Park had a string of hits including Faint, In the End and Crawling. They debuted their first album in 2000 and famously collaborated with JAY-Z in 2004 for Collision Course.

Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005.

He was also the lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.