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Chester Bennington
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Bennington in 2014
Chester Charles Bennington

March 20, 1976(1976-03-20)
DiedJuly 20, 2017(2017-07-20) (aged 41)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1992–2017
Musical career
Associated acts

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


Early years

Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona. 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, while he was still a child, 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 career

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”. 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 life

On October 31, 1996 Bennington married Samantha, his first wife. They had one child, called Draven Sebastian, who was born on April 19, 2002. After divorcing, Bennington married Talinda Bentley, a former Playboy model. He had three children with Bentley, a son called Tyler, and two twin daughters called Lilly and Lila.


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 Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday who also committed suicide.[2][3][4]


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