12:32 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources stated Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. His family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.
Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
For those unfamiliar with the band, Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-Platinum in several other countries. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world.
Linkin Park was scheduled for tour, no official statement has been made whether or not the band will continue without Chester. I hope he finds a peace in heaven that he could not find here on earth. Thank you for getting me through so many internal battles with your gifted songwriting & vocals. Rock on Chester. You're a true legend.
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