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Linkin Park singer Bennington dead in apparent suicide

The coroner's office said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Chester Bennington, 41, on Thursday morning.

FILE: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington in February 2017. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said.

Coroner's office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington, 41, on Thursday morning. Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide.

Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.

Representatives of the band did not immediately return calls for comment.

Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album Hybrid Theory. But in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.

He has in the past has talked in the spoken about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.

The band's latest studio album, One More Light, was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour.

Bennington's death came a week before the band was due to kick off the US leg of its tour on 27 July in Mansfield, Massachusetts.