The music world took another massive blow yesterday when news broke that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had been found dead in his Los Angeles home after committing suicide. The lead singer reportedly battled addiction and depression throughout his life, but according to close family and friends, seemed to be doing better these days.
His band continued to be a huge force in the rock music world years after their debut, and was actually recently on the verge of launching a tour all over America with Blink 182, Wu Tang Clan and Machine Gun Kelly.
Bennington was also really good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who recently committed suicide, as well. He was actually the godfather to Cornell’s children, and sang Hallelujah at his funeral in May.
“You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known,” Bennington wrote to Cornell in an open letter after his death. “Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.”
After learning of their close friendship, we can only begin to speculate why Bennington took his life on what would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Thankfully, perhaps to help ease the pain a bit, there’s footage of an awesome duet these two pals went in on back in 2008. Cornell and Linkin Park actually toured together then, and collaborated on the popular ’90s hit Hunger Strike. It was released and recorded by one of Cornell’s bands, Temple of the Dog.
These two seem like they’re having a blast performing this tune together in the video below—and, in some weird way, it brings us a bit of joy watching them sing with each other during happier times.
Photo: Getty Images/Burak Cingi