Chester Bennington was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. Bennington also sang in the bands Grey Daze, Dead by Sunrise and, between 2013 and 2015, Stone Temple Pilots. On July 20, 2017, he was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; his death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
About Chester Bennington in brief
Chester Bennington was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. Bennington also sang in the bands Grey Daze, Dead by Sunrise and, between 2013 and 2015, Stone Temple Pilots. On July 20, 2017, he was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. He has been described as one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation. He struggled with depression and substance abuse for most of his life, starting in his childhood. He also appeared in films such as Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Saw 3D. He is survived by his mother, two brothers, a sister, and a brother-in-law. His father was a police detective who worked on child sexual abuse cases. His mother was a nurse while his father gained custody of him when he was 11 years old. The abuse and his situation at home affected him so much that he felt the urge to run away and kill people. He started singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? and together they released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. Later, Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Dazes, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. He left Grey Dazed in 1998 and formed his own band, Dead By Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. He became the lead singer of StoneTemple Pilots in 2013 to release the extended play record High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen, but left in 2015 to focus solely on Link in Park.
He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on July 19, 2017. He leaves behind a wife and two children. He had previously been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and was in the process of receiving treatment for bipolar disorder when he died. He suffered from depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. He said he was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until he was 13 years old; he revealed the abuser’s identity to his father, but chose not to pursue him after he realized the abuser was a victim himself. In an interview, he said that he was physically bullied in high school, for being skinny and looking different. He cited the bands Depeche Mode and StoneTemper Pilots as his earliest inspirations, and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilot. He once said he wanted to be in a band with the future members ofLinkin Park, who were then called Xero. In 2000, he and Mike Shinoda, now a vice president of artists and repertoire at Warner Bros., auditioned for a record deal with Warner Bros. He managed to record the song Xero for his birthday celebration in a day missing his own birthday.