Chester Bennington (1976-2017)

Posted by: Erin Ward in Notable Deaths | July 12, 2021

Chester Bennington


March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017


Chester Bennington, the American singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park has passed away at the age of 41 according to multiple reports.

Bennington was a talented musician and helped propel Linkin Park to one of the most popular and commercially successful rock bands of the early 2000s. He was also a member of several other groups over the years, most notably as the lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013-2015.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999 as the new lead vocalist and helped the band release their debut album “Hybrid Theory” in 2000. The album was a major success selling more than 4.8 million copies in its debut year and being named the best album of 2001. It also was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and won for Best Hardrock Performance.

Following the release of Hybrid Theory, Bennington and Linkin Park would go on to release six more studio albums. Each of which achieved commercial and critical success and led to the band being featured at number 19 on Billboards “Best Artists of the Decade” list. To date, Linkin Park has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammy Awards, and was the first rock band to achieve more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

In 2005, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise as a side project while writing songs for Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight (2007) album. Bennington has said the motivation for the new band came while writing songs he knew would be great songs, but not successful for Linkin Park.

“I came up with a few songs that felt and sounded really good, but I knew they weren’t right stylistically for Linkin Park. They were darker and moodier than anything I’d come up with for the band. So I decided to work on them on my own rather than turn them over and have them transformed into Linkin Park tracks.”

Dead by Sunrise released one studio album and toured sporadically alongside Linkin Park, often performing at some point in the middle of the show.

In 2013 when Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland passed away, Bennington was brought on as his replacement. Bennington performed with the band for two years between 2013 and 2015 before leaving on good terms to rejoin Linkin Park. During his time with Stone Temple Pilots, they released one song, “Out of Time” in 2013.

Bennington was married twice during his lifetime and leaves behind his current wife Talinda Ann Bentley and a total of 6 children from different relationships.

Bennington had long suffered from depression and was extremely saddened early this year following the death of close friend Chris Cornell. His death comes on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday today.


Following the news of his death, celebrities have been expressing their condolences on social media.

1 Comment


Vivian Marcus

April 27

Hello my name is Vivian Marcus from the United State, i'm so exciting writing this article to let people seek for help in any Break up Marriage and Relationship, Dr Kachi brought my Ex Boyfriend back to me, Thank you Sir Kachi for helped so many Relationship situation like mine to be restored, i was in pain until the day my aunt introduce me to Dr Kachi that she got her husband back with powerful love spell with help of Dr Kachi So i sent him an email telling him about my problem how my Boyfriend left me and cheating on me because of her boss lady at work i cry all day and night, but Dr Kachi told me my Boyfriend shall return back to me within 24hrs and to me everything he asked me to do the next day it was all like a dream when he text me and said please forgive me and accept me back exactly what i wanted, i am so happy now as we are back together again. because I never thought my Ex Boyfriend would be back to me so quickly with your spell. You are the best and the world greatest Dr Kachi. if you're having broke up Ex Lover or your husband left you and moved to another woman, You do want to get Pregnant do not feel sad anymore contact: his Text Number Call: +1 (209) 893-8075 You can reach him Website:

Recommended For You

Remembering Charlie Murphy
July 12, 2021
Charlie MurphyComedian, ActorJuly 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy has passed ...[Read More]
Remembering Don Rickles
July 12, 2021
Don RicklesComedian, ActorMay 8 1926 – April 6 2017Legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles passed away at the age of 90...[Read More]
Remembering Jonathan Demme
July 12, 2021
Jonathan DemmeDirector, Producer, ScreenwriterFebruary 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017Academy award winning director, Jonathan...[Read More]