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Updated Jul 20, 2017 @ 12:29 pm
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Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging, TMZ reports.

Bennington’s band mate, guitarist and vocalist Mike Shinoda, confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday, writing: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

He was 41 years old. Law enforcement officials told the outlet that his body was found just before 9 a.m. on Thursday in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, a district of Los Angeles Country. Officers responded to an emergency call in Palo Verdes Estates, California, around 9 a.m., police told PEOPLE.

The rock frontman was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell — who also committed suicide by hanging in May — and spoke at his funeral. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Linkin Park is one of the best-selling alternative rock bands of all time, scoring a string of hits including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Their 2000 debut Hybrid Theory has been certified diamond by the RIAA, and they famously collaborated with Jay-Z in 2004 for the genre-melding EP Collision Course.

Bennington leaves behind six children from two marriages.