The music world was rocked today by the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. He died at age 41 reportedly of his hand. He leaves behind a combined six children from two marriages, as well as a legion of die-hard admirers and many who said that Bennington was not only an impressive vocal talent, but a kind soul as well.
Needless to say, he and Linkin Park continue to be hugely influential on a generation of creatives and the outpouring of sadness and mourning on social media was almost immediate. From Chance the Rapper to Lil Uzi Vert, many big names from the hip-hop community, as well as the entertainment business as a whole, expressed their reaction online.
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
the news can't be true. ive accepted a lot of things, but this one is too much...not Chester. not like this.— Young Gunner (@machinegunkelly) July 20, 2017
rest in peace Chester Bennington.— el-p (@therealelp) July 20, 2017
We lost another legend R.I.P. Chester Bennington of (linkin park) prayers up for the family so sad— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) July 20, 2017
Bruv I can't lie I'm so upset serious 💔💔💔💔— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) July 20, 2017
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
The news about Chester Bennington is devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and @linkinpark. Such a tragic loss— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 20, 2017
Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017