TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates and that his body was found just before 9 a.m. PT on Thursday. The Phoenix native was twice married and leaves behind six children.
Fellow Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on Twitter.
Bennington had recently dipped his toes into the fashion industry, starring as the face of online men’s footwear and accessories brand New Republic by Mark McNairy. In an interview with Footwear News this year, Bennington shared that his favorite part of fatherhood was “watching your children grow up and become passionate about something.”
Fellow musicians including Pusha T, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, One Republic and Timbaland have all shared their reactions to the singer’s death on social media.
“Literally the most impressive talent I’ve ever seen live! Vocal beast!” Rihanna wrote.