The music world lost a music innovator on July 20th. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington lost his battle with depression on July 20th.
TMZ were the first to report that the rock singer had died of apparent suicide at his Los Angeles residence. Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on social media, tweeting, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Linkin Park frequently collaborated with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. In 2004, they headed the new millennium rap/rock movement by joining forces with Jay-Z for the crew EP Collision Course. The formation sparked the hit single “Numb/Encore”, which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, proving that the band’s alternative metal sound could tag team with the urban world. Most recently, Park took rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the ride for their world tour.
After the news broke all of the music world reacted. So did the Hip Hop world. Tweets and Instagram posts flooded social media from industry heavyweights including Killer Mike, El-P, and Talib Kweli.
Chester Bennington. TMZ reporting has died. He is so brilliant. Showed myself and others an incredible amount of love. He will be missed.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 20, 2017
rest in peace Chester Bennington.
— el-p (@therealelp) July 20, 2017
I just heard about that… Shit is crazy! WTF is going on??! Sad. https://t.co/GoIdwnQmQo
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 20, 2017