Mike Shinoda Breaks Silence On Chester Bennington's Suicide

The Linkin Park star is "shocked and heartbroken" over the death of his bandmate.

Mike Shinoda and Linkin Park Chester Bennington

Mike Shinoda has been left "shocked and heartbroken" by the death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington.

The group's co-founder has confirmed reports the 41-year-old rocker had taken his own life and admitted he is distraught over the news.

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

A host of other stars have also taken to social media to pay tribute to the 41-year-old singer, whose body was found at a private residence on Thursday (20 July).

Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz called for people to speak out more about mental health issues.

He tweeted: "Mental health is no joke. We have to destigmatize the conversation around it.(sic)"

Chester was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May, and his death came on what would have been the You Know My Name singer's 53rd birthday.

Cornell's widow Vicky tweeted: "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more."

My Chemical Romance were "deeply saddened" by the tragic passing of the What I've Done singer - who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships - because they "loved" him.

They wrote on their Twitter page: "We are deeply saddened by Chester's death. We loved him. Our condolences to Chester's family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones."

Paramore singer Hayley Williams said her "heart hurts" as she pondered the vulnerability of artists and shared the number for a helpline.

She wrote: "artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..

"... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester's family/band/friends/fans.(sic)"

Billie Joe Armstrong paid tribute to the singer, while also encouraging others experiencing similar struggles to seek help.

The Green Day frontman posted: "i've met Chester a couple times. he was very kind and also very smart. and one hell of a singer. mental health and drug addiction are really complex issues. but just know you are not alone. rest in peace Chester. you will be missed .. suicide prevention hotline: +1 (844) 540-5889 (sic)"

Stormzy - who featured on the band's recent Good Goodbye single - took to Twitter to share his heartache at the news.

Linkin Park had just recently toured the UK, playing their last date at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on 6 July.

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Linkin Park - In The End, live in Birmingham, 6 July 2017

Video: YouTube/SecretClown

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The band were set to continue their One More Light world tour in North America, with a date at The Xfinity Center in Massachusetts on Saturday 27 July. 

Listen to Bennington's chilling isolated vocals on One More Light track, Heavy:

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Linkin Park - Chester Bennington isolated vocals

The late frontman, singing the vocals to the recent hit Heavy. Video: YouTube/Linkin Park

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