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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dead, reports say

Chester Bennington
Chester Bennington

The Los Angeles County coroner says Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

PHOTOS: Chester Bennington through the years

The group sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory," and then another 4 million with 2003's multiplatinum "Meteora." Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.

Bennington, who sported piercings and tattoos, struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He was married and is survived by six children.

TMZ.com reported Bennington was very close with musician Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May. Today would have been Cornell's birthday.

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