Linkin Park lead singer found dead

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Singer Chester Bennington performs onstage during the iHeartRadio album release party with Linkin Park presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 18, 2014 in Burbank, California.

Singer Chester Bennington performs onstage during the iHeartRadio album release party with Linkin Park presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 18, 2014 in Burbank, California.

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Singer Chester Bennington performs onstage during the iHeartRadio album release party with Linkin Park presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 18, 2014 in Burbank, California.

Singer Chester Bennington performs onstage during the iHeartRadio album release party with Linkin Park presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 18, 2014 in Burbank, California.

LOS ANGELES – Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said.

Coroner's office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington, 41, on Thursday morning. Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide.

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Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.

Representatives of the band did not immediately return calls for comment.

 

Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album "Hybrid Theory." But in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.

 

The band's latest studio album, "One More Light," was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour.

Bennington's death came a week before the band was due to kick off the U.S. leg of its tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Earlier on Thursday the band released their new music video 'Talking to myself'.