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The Linkin Park frontman reportedly has died via suicide.

According to a TMZ report, Chester Bennington, the lead singer for Linkin Park was found dead Thursday morning at his Palos Verdes Estates home. He was 41. Bennington was survived by his six children.

Bennington’s death comes as a shock to the entire rock community. Blessed with screeching vocals similar to the scream rockers of the 1980s, Bennington partnered with Mike Shinoda to front Linkin Park in the late 1990s. The group experienced a breakthrough with their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory which spawned numerous hits including “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “In The End.” The album went diamond, solidifying the band as one of the faces of alternative rock. A crafty blend of both rock and hip-hop, the band would achieve greater commercial success with Collision Course, a mashup album they did with Jay-Z following the rapper’s “retirement” in 2003.

In later years, LP would score a number of No. 1 albums including 2003’s Meteora as well as 2014’s The Hunting Party and One More Light which was released this past May. In 2013, Bennington briefly toured with Stone Temple Pilots, replacing Scott Weiland after he was fired.

The news of Bennington’s passing comes at an eerie time. He was fond of Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden frontman who committed suicide earlier this year and sang Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah,” at the funeral. Even more coincidental is that today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

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