Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amy Harris/REX/Shutterstock (4301453p) Linkin Park - Chester Bennington KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Festival, Los Angeles, America - 13 Dec 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Linkin Park singer and father-of-six Chester Bennington commits suicide aged 41 on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide.

TMZ reports the 41-year-old hanged himself at a private home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say his body was found shortly before 9am.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington,41, killed himself in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles on Thursday morning

He had six children from his two marriages. He had been married to model Talinda Ann Bentley for 12 years.

Bennington’s suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for the crowd of mourners at Cornell’s funeral.

Chester and Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson had performed for the crowd of mourners at Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell’s funeral in May. Chester killed himself on what would have been Cornell’s birthday
Chester Bennington (far right) performs alongside his Linkin Park bandmates Mike Shinoda and Austin Carlile in London in 2014

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