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Linkin Park's frontman reportedly took his own life, leaving the social media world in utter shock and disbelief at the news of his passing.

Chester Bennington, 41, was found hanged at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles just before 9am on Thursday

Just a few days ago, Bennington had been seen at a recording studio with his bandmates.

The Numb' hitmaker — who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships — had struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse in the past and previously admitted he had considered suicide after being abused as a child by an older male.

He confessed to being a ''full blown, raging alcoholic" but had tried to put that behind him.

Speaking in 2011, he said: ''I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore."

He also spoke frankly about being abused.

He said: ''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."

Fans and celebrities across the world took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen music icon. 

One Facebook fan said: "It's hard to explain how you could feel connected to a person that you don't even know, however his music and passion in life was always something I relate to since i was a child. Rest in peace my childhood legend. (sic).