TMZ first with news on frontman's suicide: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, 41, hangs himself

YouTube download / AP video / Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, July 20. He was 41. The death is being investigated as an apparent suicide. 

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide, TMZ reported on its website at 12:32 PT, the first media outlet to confirm the band's frontman committed suicide by hanging himself, which was backed up by the Associated Press and other news organizations.

"Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County," TMZ reported. "His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 a.m."

TMZ also said in part, "Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris' suicide."

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-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer, reporting from Orlando, FL


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.