Stars React to Chester Bennington's Tragic Death

Chance The Rapper, Pusha T, Questlove, and more offer condolences

July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

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Music is music, love is love. Stars from hip hop, pop, rock and every other genre out there are taking to social media today to offer their condolences to the friends, family, and band mates of Chester Bennington. Officials in California say the Linkin Park frontman was found dead, the victim of an apparent suicide, on Thursday morning.

Linkin Park made a name for themselves with a hard-hitting, genre-bending fusion of rap and rock. And for nearly 20 years, it was Bennington who provided the powerful, screeching vocals that beautifully served as a balance to the smart, cerebral rhymes of LP's MC Mike Shinoda. Shinoda, who himself released a hip hop side project album as Fort Minor back in 2005, was Linkin Park's first band member to confirm Bennington's death.

The tweet was followed by an outpouring of love and sadness.

------------------------------------------------------------------------ Literally the most impressive talent I've ever seen live! Vocal beast! #RIPChester #LinkinPark

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I can't believe this man....

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Linkin Park was no stranger to collaborations over the years, especially mixing it up with the hop hop world. The band released the mash-up EP Collision Course with JAY-Z back in 2004. They would perform tracks from that album live for many years following its release. They've also worked with legendary New York DJ group The X-Ecutioners on their track "It's Going Down" and with Busta Rhymes on his 2007 song "We Made It."