Adam Flores | Senior Writer
The rock community was again shaken July 20 by the tragic death of iconic Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. The singer, 41, was found dead in his Palos Verdes Estates, California, home and on the following day after the discovery, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed it was suicide by hanging.
Bennington leaves behind wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children.
Chester Charles Bennington quickly rose to international fame with Linkin Park after their 2000 debut release, “Hybrid Theory.” Their current studio release of “One More Light” saw the band join rock royalty compatriots Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles and Metallica as groups to have scored six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Aside from his fulltime duties with Linkin Park, in 2005, Bennington also formed and fronted his own band, Dead by Sunrise. The result of this project was 2009’s “Out of Ashes,” their debut and only studio release.
In 2013, Bennington also fulfilled a childhood dream by joining Stone Temple Pilots, replacing lead singer, Scott Weiland. The five-track EP, “High Rise,” released in October 2013, is the only studio offering featuring the iconic frontman. He left STP in 2015 on good terms due to commitments with Linkin Park.
Linkin Park’s latest studio offering, “One More Light,” came under fire from critics and fans who claim the band “sold out” and made the album for monetary reasons. Both Bennington and co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda vehemently denied critics and fans’ notions their new sound was “an opportunistic trend-hopping cash grab,” Shinoda said in a May 22 interview with Spin Magazine.
What “One More Light” now brings to light for us after Bennington’s passing is not just another sonic change of course for the once purveyors of nü-metal, but a narrative of the everyday struggle dealing with what life gives us.
“Going through this album, everything from battling with addiction, battling with relationships, battling with family members dying, dealing with suicide attempts, dealing with kids that are growing up, every day seemed to bring some new stack of bullshit that I had to deal with,” Bennington said in an interview with Genius.
Bennington added, “Bringing this stuff up Mike [Shinoda] would be like, ‘God, dude, this is what’s going on in my life or my friend’s life or my family is dealing with this,’ or ‘I know people going through that,’ and then it was like, ‘Bro! Like dude, this is what I’m dealing with.’ And in this case, that was the type of conversation that started most of these sessions.”
Within “One More Light,” tracks such as “Nobody Can Save Me” and “Heavy (ft. Kiiara)” attest to the hybrid theorist’s inner pain conflating music and his personal, emotional trauma.
Numerous musical luminaries have voiced their shock, grief and condolences. “Heavy’s” co-vocalist, Kiira, released a letter via blabbermouth.net upon hearing the heartbreaking news:
“The other night, I felt so off like a sixth sense. I woke up in the middle of the night and the phone rang. When I walked over to pick it up, I almost fell a couple times and when I tried picking up the phone, I kept shaking uncontrollably while I was trying to answer it. When I was holding it, it was like I was struggling. It was like I felt a fraction of your pain. And the more I think about this, I guess that was your way of saying goodbye, your way of telling me to hold on.
“My heart is in a million pieces. I miss you so much. I love you.
“My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, the guys, their families, the team, every one of your fans and more. Rest in peace. See you on the other side.”
Linkin Park’s “One More Light North American Tour” has been canceled, Live Nation said through Rolling Stone.
Wife Talinda Ann Bentley released an emotional statement Friday you can read here.
Linkin Park has released an official letter Monday entitled “Dear Chester” you can read here.
Additionally, the band has set up #RIPChester, a fan page for messages remembering the late singer. The webpage also provides detailed contact resources for help and support for yourself or someone in need during times of crisis:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 or message to facebook.com/CrisisTextLine
Additionally, within our campus community, if you or anyone you know is in need of help and support in a time of crisis, you can visit the Office of Counseling Services, located in Webb University Center or call 757-683-4401.