On July 20, 2017, Chester Bennington, frontman for the rock band Linkin Park, was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Bennington died of suicide at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; his housekeeper discovered his body around 9:00 a.m. PDT on July 20, 2017.
Mike Shinoda confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one”.
On July 21, Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the office of the medical examiner-coroner, confirmed that a half-full bottle of alcohol was found at the scene, but no other drugs were present. The band announced that they had canceled the North American leg of their One More Light Tour following Bennington’s death.
Bennington’s death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell, who was a close friend of Bennington, had also died of suicide by hanging two months prior.
Shinoda noted that Bennington was very aggrieved when the band performed “One More Light” in his honor, where he could not finish singing the song, be it in rehearsal or in a live performance setting. Bennington sang Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral. He was also the godfather of Cornell’s son Christopher.
Newly leaked audio reveals the 911 call made after Bennington’s body was discovered by a housekeeper.