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Chester Bennington’s widow’s Twitter handle hacked? Tweets claim she ‘encouraged him’ to commit suicide

Hours after Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington was reportedly found hanging in Los Angeles home, posts from his wife Talinda Bennington’s Twitter account claimed she had been cheating on her husband with his bandmate Mike Shinoda.

music Updated: Jul 22, 2017 00:22 IST
Press Trust of India
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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.(REUTERS)

Hours after Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington was reportedly found hanging in his Los Angeles home, posts from his wife Talinda’s Twitter account claimed she had been cheating on her husband with his bandmate Mike Shinoda. However, the tweets were soon deleted, leading to speculation that the account had been hacked.

The series of tweets were made from Talinda’s verified Twitter account.

“I guess this is the time to say it but I have been cheating on Chester with Mike Shinoda,” the tweet read.

The 41-year-old reportedly hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday.

Another tweet from Talinda’s account stated, “He didn’t kill himself, he was already did before he hung himself, I have proof...(sic)”

The last tweet said the account was “not hacked”. “I never really loved him and I’m not hacked I just was in love with the money hurts to say (sic),” the post read.

Bennington’s fans however questioned the authenticity of the now-deleted tweets, attributing it to hackers.

In 2006, the cell phone, email and PayPal accounts of the couple were hacked by cyber stalkers.

The couple often faced trouble from neurotic fans in the past. There were reports of strange messages, fans playing Linkin Park songs outside their house at 3 am and nailing lyrics to their front door.

In 2008, a woman was jailed for two years for stalking Bennington and Talinda. Bennington married Talinda, a former Playboy model, on December 31, 2005. They have three children -- Tyler Lee Bennington and twins Lilly and Lila.

He was previously married to Samantha Marie Olit and got divorced in 2005. They have one child together, Draven Sebastian Bennington.

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First Published: Jul 21, 2017 11:40 IST