Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist of Linkin Park is dead of an apparent Suicide By Hanging. The singer was 41-years-old at the time of his death.

As reported by TMZ, Chester’s body was discovered shortly before 9 AM on Thursday morning. The local authorities have revealed that the singer hanged himself in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles County. Fans of the singer cannot help but notice the uncanny coincidence between his death and the birthday of his best friend Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide earlier this year.

Chester’s fight with drugs and sexual molestation

Linkin Park fans and the rest of the music community knew from a long time ago that the singer had dealt with drugs and alcohol for many years. It was also revealed in the past that Chester thought of committing suicide because he was sexually abused by an older male in his early childhood years.

According to Rolling Stones, after his parents decided to divorce, he was forced to live with his father and that made him find solace in drugs, opium, amphetamines, marijuana, and cocaine.

During his 2016 interview with the Rolling Stones, he revealed that there was a time when he used to do so much acid that even he wondered how fluently he could speak.

“My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs.”

After the enormous success of “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora,” the young vocalist again found himself inclining towards the drug addiction. Mike Shinoda, the band’s other vocalist, once revealed to The Guardian that during their earlier tours, everyone was busy “drinking or doing drugs.”

Music industry is grieving for Chester Bennington

Mike took to Twitter to break the news to the fans that the report from the media publications is "sad but true." In his tweet, he talked about Chester’s passing and revealed that the band will be releasing an official statement as soon as they have one.

Apart from Mike, other fellow musicians and singers from around the world have shown their respect for Chester. Celebrated personalities like Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and others took to their respective social media accounts to share their memories of the singer.

Warner Brother Records CEO Cameron Strang said in an official statement that their thoughts and prayers are with Chester’s family during this tough time. Chester Bennington's death had resulted in thousands of articles, blogs, and social media posts.