Jay-Z, an iconic rap artist and American entrepreneur responsible for the creation of Roc Nation, recently paid homage to his late friend, Chester Bennington, after taking his own life. For those unaware, Bennington was the front man for the ever-famous band Linkin Park which sold an accumulative 50-million albums throughout the band’s career. Chester was found in his Palos Verdes Estates home on July 20th by a housekeeper that was employed by Bennington.
Sources close to Chester revealed that he ended his life and was ultimately found hanging in a closet of the family’s home while his wife and children were on vacation in Arizona. He claimed he needed to return to the California home in order to work on projects and finish up business related tasks.
Although Bennington had previous bouts with depression and often spoke about his inner struggle, friends and family were shocked to learn the news of his death. In fact, the band was scheduled to perform a photo shoot on the 20th which lead friends and family to believe the suicide was an impulsive decision rather than a premeditated act. Authorities on the scene claim that a bottle of alcohol, partially consumed, was found on the property and may have influenced Chester in the decision to take his own life.
Jay-Z and Linkin Park had an extensive history with the two working together in the Collision Course tour of 2004. They were able to create a musical work entitled Numb/Encore which entertained millions of fans worldwide. While performing at V Festival on August 19th, Jay-Z paid respect to his friend by performing the Encore/Numb track that the two created.
“Can you all light it up tonight for Chester? Please make some noise tonight so he can hear you all the way in heaven.”
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