Shocked is the only way to describe the music world’s reaction to Chester Bennington‘s sudden passing earlier this morning.
The Linkin Park lead singer passed away at 41-years-old from what authorities are currently investigating as a suicide. Police confirmed to E! News that they responded to a report of a suicide from a residence in a private Palos Verdes, Calif. neighborhood around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Bennington leaves behind six children, ages 6 through 21, as well as wife Talinda Bennington, who has yet to comment publicly on the heartbreaking news. Linkin Park was just days away from kicking off their One More Light world tour in Massachusetts.
Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Strang released the following statement to E! News after the rocker’s death: “Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”
In celebration of Bennington’s life, remember his greatest achievements both professionally and personally below.
Our thoughts are with Bennington’s loved ones at this time.