RIP Chester Bennington: 1976-2017
The world of rock is reeling at the death of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park frontman was found dead in Los Angeles on July 20 after reportedly committing suicide. He was 41.
Chester shot to fame in 2000 with the release of Linkin Park’s landmark debut, Hybrid Theory, an album that sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The father of six made no secret of his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, though music provided an outlet for his demons. As well as his main band, he collaborated with everyone from Mötley Crüe, Santana and Stone Temple Pilots to rapper Jay-Z.
“I first met Chester around the time of Linkin Park’s first album, and I always found him to be a committed and passionate soul,” says Ramblin’ Man Fair boss Chris Ingham. “He once drove three hours through drive time LA traffic to give me a talk through of his album and all off the record. He was passionate about connecting, but what was more important to him was that people understood just how much effort the other guys were putting in and his entire commentary was all about what Brad, Mike and the rest were trying to do on each song. My thoughts are with his wife and children.”
His death comes just over two months after the suicide of his close friend, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. 2017 has also seen the deaths of Gregg Allman and his former Allman Brothers Band colleague Butch Trucks, rock’n’roll legend Chuck Berry, Boston drummer Sib Hashian and Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls. Join us in raising a glass to all of them.