Linkin Park’s Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton has died

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The 41-year-old singer re­port­edly took his own life and was found at a pri­vate res­i­dence in Pa­los Verdes Es­tate in Los Angeles just be­fore 9 a.m. on Thurs­day TMZ re­ports. Just a few days ago, Ben­ning­ton had been seen at a record­ing stu­dio with his band­mates. The “Crawl­ing” hit­maker — who had three chil­dren with wife Talinda Bent­ley and an­other three from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships — had strug­gled with drugs and al­co­hol abuse in the past and pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted he had con­sid­ered sui­cide af­ter be­ing abused as a child by an older male. He con­fessed to be­ing a “full blown, rag­ing al­co­holic” but had tried to put that be­hind him. Speak­ing in 2011, he said: “I don’t drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don’t want to be that per­son any­more.” He also spoke frankly about be­ing abused. He said: “If I think back to when I was re­ally young, to when I was be­ing mo­lested, to when all th­ese hor­ri­ble things were go­ing on around me, I shud­der.”

MICHAEL LOCCISANO, GETTY

Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton of Linkin Park died at his home in Cal­i­for­nia.

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