Chester Bennington’s death comes on friend Chris Cornell’s birthday


Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home south of Los Angeles on Thursday — which also would have been the birthday of late Soundgarden singer and good friend of Bennington's, Chris Cornell.

Cornell would have been 53 on Thursday. He also died by suicide in May.

Bennington performed a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at Cornell's private funeral service in Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 27. He also released an emotional open letter to Cornell the day the Soundgarden singer died.

"Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept," Bennington wrote. "I'm still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one."

"I pray you find peace in the next life," he added. "I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during the band's 'One More Light' album release party at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 12: Singer Chester Bennington of the American band Linkin Park performs live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on June 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during the band's 'One More Light' album release party at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Singer Chester Bennington of the American band Linkin Park performs live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on June 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington performs with Stone Temple Pilots at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park arrive on the red carpet at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES)(BILLBOARD-ARRIVALS)
Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Lead vocalist of rock band Linkin Park Chester Bennington shows his hand covered in cement as the band is inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Los Angeles, California June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Singer Chester Bennington is interviewed backstage during Night 1 of KROQ's Acoustic Christmas at Gibson Amphitheatre on December 8, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the KROQ's Acoustic Christmas held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on December 8, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 5: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at Live 105's BFD 2011 at Shoreline Amphitheater on June 5, 2010 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Vocalist Chester Bennington of US band Linkin Park performs on stage during a concert in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer Chester Bennington of the rock band Linkin Park visits SIRIUS XM Studio on September 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Chester Bennington and Joseph Han of Linkin Park poses in the press room at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs as part of the Projekt Revolution Tour 2008 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during 'ReAct Now: Music & Relief' Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert - Nashville at North Star Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
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Kanye West with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during LIVE 8 - Philadelphia - Rehearsals at Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
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BANGKOK, THAILAND - FEBRUARY 3: Chester Bennington from Linkin Park poses in the pressroom at 'MTV Asia Aid', at the IMPACT Arena on February 3, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand. The fourth annual event was formerly called 'MTV Asia Awards' but has repositioned itself as an international benefit to support the relief effort following the Asian earthquake and tsunami. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 14: Chester Bennington of musical band Linkin Park, performs at KROQ's 2003 Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Universal Amphitheatre on December 14, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during The 2003 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Night One at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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The two also teamed up on a professional capacity, with Cornell touring with Linkin Park in 2007 and 2008. On stage, Linkin Park would join Cornell for a version of Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike," and Cornell would join the band to collaborate on its hit "Crawling."

Bennington was found in his Palos Verdes Estates home on Thursday morning. TMZ reports that he died of suicide by hanging.

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