Lead Singer of Linkin Park Chester Bennington Hangs Himself at 41

Bennington hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.

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Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington performs with Stone Temple Pilots at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013.

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was reported to have committed suicide on Thursday at his southern California home.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington, 41, had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.

A Palos Verdes police spokesman could not confirm the report. But spokesman Greg Robinson said in a statement that officers had been dispatched to an address in Palos Verdes early on Thursday morning.

Representatives of the band did not immediately return calls for comment.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

Linkin Park sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory," and then another 4 million with 2003's multiplatinum "Meteora." Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.

Bennington, who sported piercings and tattoos, struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He was married and is survived by six children.

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