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Linkin Park’s US tour cancelled after suicide of frontman Chester Bennington

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, 41, died by hanging himself at his southern California home.

music Updated: Jul 22, 2017 10:17 IST
Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington performs with guitarist Slash at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013.
Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington performs with guitarist Slash at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013. (REUTERS)

Rock band Linkin Park on Friday cancelled its North American tour after the suicide of frontman Chester Bennington

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected,” tour promoter Live Nation said in a statement.

Bennington, 41, died by hanging himself at his southern California home, but left no note, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said on Friday.

Members of rock band Linkin Park (L-R) Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell and Chester Bennington put their handprints in cement as they are inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Los Angeles, California June 18, 2014. (REUTERS)

Bennington, 41, was found dead on Thursday at his home in Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on its tour, starting on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

“He was found hanging in his bedroom. No note was found,” coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said. Winter added that there was an open bottle of alcohol in the bedroom but no drugs had been found.

Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse and had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found fame in 2000 with their best-selling debut album “Hybrid Theory.”

Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out.

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