Chester Bennington

American singer (1976–2017)

Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017)[1] was an American born Canadian singer. He was the lead singer for Linkin Park.

Chester Bennington
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Bennington in 2014
Chester Charles Bennington

(1976-03-20)March 20, 1976
DiedJuly 20, 2017(2017-07-20) (aged 41)
Palos Verdes Estates, California U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1992–2017
Musical career


Early yearsEdit

Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. He was interested in music since he was young and he liked mostly Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots. His parents separated in the late 1980s, and was raised by his father. Later he had problems with drugs. Before starting his musical career, he worked at a Burger King restaurant.

Professional music careerEdit

At the beginning he was a vocalist in a grunge band called Grey Daze. He left Grey Daze in 1998. After that, the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, offered Bennington an audition with Linkin Park. Bennington went to California and joined the band. Their name was “Hybrid Theory” back then. The other vocalist was Mike Shinoda. After some rejections, Jeff Blue operated to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records.

In spite of the success in the early 2000s, Bennington has had personal problems outside of the public interest.

Personal lifeEdit

Bennington had a son in 1996 by Elka Brand and in 2006 adopted her other son who was born in 1997. In 1996 Bennington married Samantha Marie Olit. Their child was born in 2002. The couple divorced in 2005. In 2006, Bennington married Talinda Bentley, a former Playboy model. He had three children with Bentley, a son born in 2006, and twin daughters born in 2011.


Bennington committed suicide by hanging himself on July 20, 2017 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California at the age of 41, the day on what would have been his close friend, Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday who also committed suicide a few months back.[2][3][4]


  1. "Chester Bennington dead: Linkin Park singer 'dies aged 41'". Independent. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. Grow, Cory. "Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Dead at 41". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. "Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dies". BBC News. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  4. "Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Committed Suicide: Report". Billboard. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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