Chester Bennington (1976 – 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, mostly known as the lead vocalist of LINKIN PARK.
He appeared in films such as Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Saw 3D. Overall, Chester Bennington & Linkin Park have received a total of 69 awards from 197 nominations till 2017. Besides Linkin Park he was also the lead vocalist for the bands Dead by Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots, and Grey Daze.
Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona. His mother was a nurse, while his father was a police detective who worked on child sexual abuse cases. He took an interest in music at a young age, citing the bands Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as his earliest inspirations, and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots, which he later achieved when he became their lead singer.
Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was a worldwide commercial success.
The album was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums ever to achieve that many sales. Linkin Park’s following studio albums, from Meteora (2003) to One More Light (2017), continued the band’s success. Linkin Park’s second album Meteora sold more than 800,000 copies during its first week, and it ranked as the best selling album on the Billboard charts at the time.
On July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.