Chester Bennington found dead: Stormzy and Rihanna lead tributes to Linkin Park frontman

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Rap star Stormzy has led tributes to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who has been found dead aged 41.

The London rapper tweeted his heartbreak at hearing of the famous frontman’s death, whose body was reportedly found at a private residence in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Musicians and fans shared their shock and sadness at hearing the news, as people took to social media to pay tribute to the star.

Mr Bennington, 41, was found dead in a suspected suicide, the Los Angeles County coroner has said.

Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda has said he is “shocked and heartbroken” by the death of his close friend and bandmate.

He tweeted: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Stormzy posted on Twitter shortly after the news broke, writing: “I am heartbroken you do not know what someone’s going through serious. Prayers up for your family right now my brother.”

The date of Bennington’s death, July 20, also marks what would have been the 53rd birthday of one of his close friends, former Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died in May this year.

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna and rock band Imagine Dragons have also paid tribute to Mr Bennington.

Rihanna posted on Instagram: “Literally the most impressive talent I’ve ever seen live! Vocal beast!”

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Linkin Park arriving for the 2017 Echo Music Awards in Berlin, on April 6, (AFP/Getty Images)

Chance the Rapper said: “RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park.”

Linkin Park recently performed in the UK on the European leg of their One More Light world tour, which saw them play to packed stadiums in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The band released their seventh album, One More Light, in May this year.

Their first album, Hybrid Theory, released in 2000, propelled them to success as it went on to sell 10 million copies.

They won two Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, four MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and scores of other accolades.

The band has collaborated with many artists over the years including Jay-Z and more recently, London grime star Stormzy, in a track on their new album called Good Goodbye.

In April this year, while promoting the tour in London, Bennington opened up during a Q&A session following a playback of a few tracks from One More Light.


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