Anyone, regardless of whether you are a rock/metal fan or not, can hardly deny the huge impact that Linkin Park had on the music scene in the early 2,000’s, with Hybrid Theory alone selling in excess of 30 million copies. However, fame and success can only mask the hidden demons within, and sadly it appears Chester had no more energy to fight them. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew and loved him

Chester wrote a poignant open letter following the death of close friend Chris Cornell in May, saying : “You have inspired me in ways you could never have known… I can’t imagine a world without you in it.

Band member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Twitter: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”