Linkin Park cancels N. American tour after death of lead singer

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-22 11:33:19|Editor: Liu

A man stands in front of a memorial site outside Chester Bennington's private residence in Palos Verdes, California, the United States, on July 21, 2017. The lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, was found dead at his private residence in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, Thursday morning, according to local media reports. He committed suicide by hanging at home, at the age of 41, the reports said. (Xinhua/Zhao Hanrong)

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Xinhua) -- American rock band Linkin Park on Friday canceled its North American tour after the death of its lead singer Chester Bennington.

"We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington," said tour promoter Live Nation Entertainment in a statement.

"The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected," said the statement.

Bennington died at his home near Los Angeles on Thursday in what is being treated as a suspected suicide. The 41-year-old was open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in his life.

Bennington was found hanging in the bedroom of his Palos Verdes Estates home and a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Friday.

Linkin Park, formed in California in 1996, became a huge success in 2000 with the release of its debut studio album "Hybrid Theory," which features Bennington as the lead vocalist.

The band has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and was set to embark on an extensive North American tour this summer and in the fall.

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