Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has been found dead in a suspected suicide, it has been reported.

The lead vocalist of the rap-metal band was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, according to entertainment website TMZ. The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

It was reported that law enforcement officers told the website that the father-of-six "hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in LA County".

The 41-year-old was discovered on Thursday (20 July) just before 9am local time.

Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, released in 2000, became a massive commercial success and was the best-selling debut album of the decade, paving the way to a career in which they sold over 70 million albums.

It was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and the band went on to win two Grammy awards. The band's album Meteroa was also one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.

Bennington had admitted to using marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine and LSD in his youth but later said he overcame his addictions.

He also spoke about his abuse of alcohol, although it is unclear if he had struggled with drugs or alcohol in the lead-up to his death.

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Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington waves at the audience at the end of his performance at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013 Reuters
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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington performs at the Live Earth concert in Chiba, Japan July 7, 2007. Former US. vice president Al Gore and his global partners are staging the Live Earth concerts held on seven continents simultaneously to raise awareness of environmental issues. REUTERS/Michael Caronna
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Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Bennington said that he was sexually abused by an older child when he was seven-years-old, although he decided to not inform authorities as an adult because he realised that his abuser had also been abused.

It has been reported that Chester was friends with Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Bennington wrote an open letter to Cornell on the day of his suicide.

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Members of the group Linkin Park pose at the Los Angeles premiere "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" June 22, 2009. From L to R are Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, Joseph Hahn, Chester Bennington and Brad Delson. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Cornell was found dead at the MGM Grand hotel room in Detroit and Thursday would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Linkin Park had a string of hits over the years and collaborated with Jay-Z. Bennington was also a founding member of another band, Dead by Sunrise and performed with the Stone Temple Pilots.

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