Chester Bennington, lead singer of the California rock band Linkin Park, has died at the age of 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
Coroner spokesperson Brian Elias said the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.
The Phoenix-born singer and songwriter was found dead at a private residence in Los Angeles Thursday morning and appeared to have taken his own life, according to reports in Variety and TMZ. He had struggled with substance abuse in the past.
Linkin Park sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, and then another four million with 2003’s multiplatinum Meteora. Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury. Hit tracks included Numb and In the End.
Bennington stepped in as lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in 2013, after the band kicked out frontman Scott Weiland. He left that band in 2015 and refocused on Linkin Park.
“I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up,” he said in a statement.
“With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short.”
Linkin Park released One More Light in May and earned praise as well as criticism for a more pop-leaning sound.
The group was slated to begin touring next week, which was to include stops in Toronto and Montreal in August.
Bennington was married and is survived by six children.