UPDATE: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington commits suicide!

Update 3: one of our writers has written a tribute, remarking; “Chester Bennington‘s words resonate for a generation, even for those who didn’t listen.”

Op-Ed: Chester Bennington’s words resonate for a generation

Update 2: tour promoter Live Nation has announced that the One More Light tour of North America has been cancelled.

The morning after Chester Bennington‘s death was reported, we noticed that fans had flocked to buy up Linkin Park‘s back catalogue on iTunes. Nine of the band’s releases had made it into the Top 100.

Update: Mike Shinoda has commented on Chester Bennington‘s suicide on his official Twitter account. “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Shocking news has just broke through TMZ that veteran nu-metal singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has hung himself. The police confirmed the singer’s body was discovered Thursday just before 9am.

The exclusive posted by TMZ notes that the singer has struggled with alcohol and drugs over the years. Chester Bennington opened up to David Fricke that he was victim of sexual abuse in an interview published by Rolling Stone in March 2002. He was quoted in the article as saying; “No one in my family molested me. It was people who were around me. Coming from a broken home, it was easy to fall into thinking, ‘This is OK.'”

He also spoke of the abuse in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 2011. “If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder.”

The band earlier in the day just released a video for the song Talking to Myself┬átaken from the band’s most recent album, One More Light.