In songs about grief, fear, mortality, isolation and everyday self-loathing, Chester Bennington's voice soared.
The Linkin Park singer and songwriter, who candidly talked about how his band's frequently dark subject matter was indeed inspired by his own emotional turmoil, belted out lyrics that smacked of authenticity to the young crowd that was blasting the SoCal-bred band's smash-hit 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory in their Discmans. The Grammy-winning album has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and remains the best-selling debut album of the 21st century so far.
But in the end, despite the massive success and the endless support from family, friends and fans, it didn't even matter.
Bennington was found dead at his home in Southern California's Palos Verdes Estates on Thursday morning. He had reportedly hanged himself and authorities are investigating his death as a suicide.