The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed the death of the singer of rock band Linkin Park, which is being investigated as a suicide, E! News has learned. A post-mortem examination is planned.
Chester's body was found in a private home in the upscale Palos Verdes neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday around 9 a.m., TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources as saying he hanged himself. Police confirmed to E! News that they responded to a report about a suicide from a residence in the neighborhood around that time.
In interviews, the singer had been candid about his past battles with drugs and alcohol. Is it unclear if any were found at the scene.
Chester is survived by wife Talinda Bennington, their son Tyler and twin daughters Lilly and Lila and his three children from previous relationships.
"Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one," tweeted Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda.
"Heartbroken," added band mate and bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell.
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In the '00s, the group went on to became internationally famous thanks to hits such as "In the End" and "Numb."
His passing also comes on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his friend and legendary rocker Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in a hotel room in Detroit almost exactly two months ago. Chester, who was one of his children's godfathers, sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at Chris' private funeral in May.