Tributes have been paid to Chester Bennington, the singer with US band Linkin Park, who has died tragically at the age of 41 in California.

Bennington was found dead at 9.00am on Thursday morning at his residence in Palos Verdes Estates in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Talinda and Chester Bennington at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May 2012

He is survived by his wife, Talinda Bennington, their twin daughters and son, and his three children from previous relationships.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda said he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of his bandmate's death.

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Bennington rose to fame with Linkin Park after they enjoyed massive success with their huge selling debut album, 2000's Hybrid Theory, which showcased their mixing of metal and rap.

Linkin Park enjoyed massive success with their debut album Hybrid Theory

The band have released six subsequent studio albums, including their latest, One More Light, which they brought out in May. Their hits include FaintIn the End and Crawling.

One of the most powerful vocalists in rock, Bennington also became the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots in February 2013 after they split with lead singer Scott Weiland. 

Chester Bennington onstage with Stone Temple Pilots in Nevada in December 2013

Bennington amicably left Stone Temple Pilots in 2015 to resume work with Linkin Park. In December 2015, Weiland died of an accidental overdose at the age of 48.

Linkin Park, who made their Irish debut supporting Metallica in Dublin in 2003, were due to begin the US leg of their world tour next week.

Bennington, who had spoken over the years of his struggles with depression and alcohol, was a close friend of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died in tragic circumstances in May.

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