BREAKING: Linkin Park lead singer commits suicide, aged 41

scandal 21/07/2017

Chester Bennington, lead singer of nu-metal rockers Linkin Park, has reportedly died.

Hollywood news site TMZ says he was found dead on Thursday morning (US time) in an apparent suicide at a residence in Los Angeles, according to local police.

The 41-year-old leaves behind six children from two marriages, and his present wife, Talinda Ann Bentley.

The Linkin Park frontman was close friends with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died in May - also in an apparent suicide. Today - July 20 in the US - would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Bennington performed at the Soundgarden frontman's funeral. On the day Cornell died, Bennington wrote an open letter, posting it on Twitter.

Linkin Park found fame in the early 2000s with hits like 'Numb' and 'In The End'. The band was at the forefront of the nu-metal sound, and collaborated with rapper Jay Z on 2004's Collision Course. The band's last album, One More Light, came out in May.

The band released a new music video for 'Talking to Myself' just as news of Bennington's death was emerging