The lead singer for the platinum-selling band Linkin Park, has died. He was 41. The group enjoyed cross-over success with the 2004 mash up “Numb/Encore” which combined their song “Numb” with rapper Jay-Z’s “Encore.” The single was featured on a collaborative album, “Collision Course,” and won an award for best rap/sung collaboration at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Chester hanged himself in his bedroom. His body was discovered Thursday by a housekeeper. Bennington’s bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Bennington was open about his troubled life, including an introduction to smoking pot after his parents divorced when he was 11, which escalated to cocaine and methamphetamine use. What he was best known for was his piercing scream over seven albums with Linkin Park. The band’s most recent record, “One More Light” arrived in May and debuted at No 1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was scheduled to start a tour with a concert on July 27 in Mansfield, Mass. He was an inspiration to an entire generation and will missed. RIP.

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