CHESTER Bennington passed away unexpectedly at only 41, but his musical genius will continue to inspire for generations to come. We take a look at Chester’s life, his biggest hits and the tributes that have been left to the monumental star. Chester was found dead aged 41 in a private residence in Palo Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. His body was discovered on the morning of July 20, 2017. It is believed that he hanged himself. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed the death of the Linkin Park star. His band’s second to last single Heavy, which was released in February earlier in the year, appeared to hint at his troubled state of mind. The song focused on the topic of depression and featured haunting lyrics including: “I don’t like my mind right now // Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary // Wish that I could slow things down” In the chorus, he talks about how he is dragging around issues that are bringing him down before chillingly … [Read more...] about How did Chester Bennington die when was the Linkin Park singer’s funeral and what happened on the 911 call after his death?
Footage of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and his bandmates taking part in Carpool Karaoke less than a week before his death. The band released the 20-minute video of him singing and laughing alongside them with US comedian Ken Jeong. Posted on their Facebook, a script at the beginning of the video said: “With the blessing of Chester’s family and his bandmates we share this episode and dedicate it to the memory of Chester”. show all … [Read more...] about Chester Bennington’s Carpool Karaoke episode filmed just before his death is released
Before Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington died earlier this year, the band recorded an episode Carpool Karaoke. Following the tragic incident, James Corden said the episode would not air unless approved by the musician’s family. Linkin Park has now announced that the episode will broadcast next week, on Thursday, 12 October, appearing on Apple TV and being streamed for free on Facebook. Ken Jeong — best known for appearing in The Hangover movies and the TV series Community — appears alongside the band. Cordon previously said of the episode: "We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled. We consider it not our decision to make. "We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because I don't think there's any other way we could deal with it. It's a tragedy.” … [Read more...] about Linkin Park’s Carpool Karaoke episode gets an air date
IN 2017 the world has had to bid a sad farewell to some of its most famous stars from the world of sports, entertainment and television. From politicians to comedians and musicians to sports stars, here we take an opportunity to honour some of the iconic figures who are no longer with us... Sean Hughes, 51 Hughes appeared as a captain on the popular BBC music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks alongside He died of liver cirrhosis, pals confirmed in a series of tweets. Fellow funny man Jason Manford tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP." Jack Dee added: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP." Kevin Cadle, 62 Former British basketball coach and Sky Sports presenter Kevin Cadle died unexpectedly on October 16. The face of NFL and NBA coverage in the UK passed away in a shock to his family, the British Basketball League confirmed. A British Basketball League tweet said: … [Read more...] about We remember the celebs we’ve lost this year, from Hugh Hefner to Liz Dawn
The widow of the Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington, has shared an emotional video on social media of him having fun before his death to show that the depression which plagued him can take many forms.Talinda Bennington posted the video on Twitter showing him playing happily with his family, only 36 hours before he shocked the world when he was found dead in his California home on 20 July aged only 41.The video shows the father-of-six enjoying time with his family amid much laughter as he tastes different flavours of jelly beans.As she shared the video, Talinda wrote: "My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I'm showing this so that you know that depression doesn't have a face or a mood."Adding the hashtags #f***depression #MakeChesterProud, the mother of his youngest three children wrote: "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death He loved us SO much & we loved him." Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (R) and wife Talinda Ann … [Read more...] about Widow says fun family video of Chester Bennington shows depression ‘has no face’
Chester Bennington's wife Talinda has shared a heartbreaking photo of her late husband taken just days before he took his life at his California home. The Linkin Park singer was 41 years old. Talinda took to social media on Thursday (7 September) to share the photo of the late singer with his family from their last vacation. The image shows Talinda smiling warmly at the camera, while Chester and four of his kids are seen grinning and looking out at the view during their fun-filled day at a beach. "This was days b4 my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you'd. Never know. #fuckdepression," she wrote alongside the photo on Twitter to raise awareness about suicide and depression. Days after the tragic death of her husband, Talinda penned a touching letter, which was published on Rolling Stones. "One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their daddy. We had a fairy tale life and now it has turned into some sick … [Read more...] about Chester Bennington’s wife shares Linkin Park singer’s photo taken just days before his death
TOGETHER, the late, great George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley sold millions of records in the 1980s pop duo Wham!. But how did they meet, when did they split and what has Andrew done since? Here’s what we know... Andrew was born in Windlesham, Surrey in 1953 to Jennifer and Albert Ridgeley, and grew up in Bushey, Hertfordshire. He met and became friends with his future band partner George Michael when he enrolled at Bushey Meads school. George had moved to Hertfordshire when he was in his early teens. The duo performed together for years before forming Wham!. Like George, Andrew was initially a member of a short-lived ska band called The Executive, before they eventually formed Wham! in 1981. They submitted a homemade demo which reportedly took just 10 minutes to record in Andrew’s bedroom, and signed with Innervision Records. The duo would go on to sell an impressive 25 million records across three studio albums, and had huge hits both in the UK and US with songs like … [Read more...] about Get the lowdown on Andrew Ridgeley, George Michael’s Wham! co-star and friend
FADI Fawaz was thrust into the spotlight when he revealed that he discovered George Michael’s lifeless body “peacefully” in bed on Christmas Day. But who is Fadi, how did he meet the superstar and how long had they been together? Here’s all you need to know… Australian-born Fadi Fawaz, 43, is a hairdresser to the stars who previously worked as a photographer and frequently posts his pictures on social media. He was scarred by the death of his pal Boyzone star Stephen Gately whose heart stopped beating due to sudden adult death syndrome in 2009. His work, which is available to view on photosharing site Flickr, is highly stylised and edited to appear to integrate elements of graphic design. He was first photographed with George in 2015 after they were snapped walking together in Switzerland. George and Fadi first met in 2009. The pair started their romance shortly after George’s split with his long-term partner Kenny Goss, who he … [Read more...] about Who is Fadi Fawaz? George Michael’s boyfriend who found the late singer’s body
ICONIC musician George Michael died peacefully at his home on Christmas Day, aged 53. The Wham! singer’s death came at the end of year that has seen many of our most beloved figures in music, film and comedy pass away, and prompted an outpouring of grief from heartbroken fans and the star’s famous friends. George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, in 1963. He is the son of Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur, and English dancer Lesley Angold. The family moved to Hertfordshire in George’s early teens where he met Andrew Ridgeley, who would later be his partner in Wham!. George’s flair as a musician was evident early in his life, through busking on the London Underground in his teens and local DJ sets in clubs and schools. George and Andrew formed the duo Wham! in 1981, and the duo tasted instant success with their 1983 debut album Fantastic becoming UK number one and producing a string of hit singles. Their … [Read more...] about Who is George Michael, how did he die and what are his most famous songs?
his family were forced to put funeral plans on hold as the coroner waited for the results of toxicology tests.THE world was left reeling when George Michael was found dead at his home last year. The Wham! superstar passed away on Christmas Day 2016 but his funeral did not take place until March 2017. George Michael, 53, was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. The celebrity hairstylist said: “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. “We don’t know what happened yet. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.” The cause of death was confirmed on March 7 by Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, that causes it to become stretched and thin. It means you're unable to pump blood around your body … [Read more...] about How did George Michael die and what do we know about the singer’s death?
Chester Bennington’s death last month came as a shock to legions of Linkin Park fans, many mourning the tragic passing. Over a month on and the band has announced a special event to honour the singer’s memory. Posting a statement on social media, the band members wrote: “Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time. “The five of us are so grateful for all of your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park. We are working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honour Chester's memory, and look forward to sharing details with you soon. “Peace and love, Phoenix and Linkin Park” show all … [Read more...] about Linkin Park hosting special concert to honour Chester Bennington
Linkin Park has announced plans for a memorial gig in honour of tragic frontman Chester Bennington.The 41-year-old, who battled with addiction and depression, was found dead at his Los Angeles, California, home on 20 July. His death was officially ruled as suicide by hanging by the LA County Coroner's Office.20 July would have marked the 53rd birthday of Bennington's close friend Chris Cornell, who took his own life at the Detroit's MGM Grand hotel on 18 May, just hours after performing at a show in Detroit.Linkin Park said in a post on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday (23 August) that they would be organising a "special event" that fans would be able to attend.The final farewell is expected to take place in Los Angeles with further details revealed at a later date.Surviving members Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Dourdan also thanked fans for the "tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time."They … [Read more...] about Linkin Park to play memorial gig to honour late frontman Chester Bennington
ED SHEERAN announced a 2018 stadium tour following his triumphant closing set at Glastonbury Festival. Demand far exceeded supply for his 2017 tour, so here's all the info you need to ensure you don’t miss out on tickets for next summer - and there are more going on sale for the sold-out Manchester show TODAY. The dates announced so far are as follows: Wed 09 May – Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast Sat 12 May – Pearse Stadium, Galway Sun 13 May – Pearse Stadium, Galway Wed 16 May – Phoenix Park, Dublin Fri 18 May – Phoenix Park, Dublin Thr 24 May – Etihad Stadium, Manchester Sun 27 May - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Fri 01 June – Hampden Park, Glasgow Sun 03 June - Hampden Park, Glasgow Fri 08 June – St James’ Park, Newcastle Sun 10 June - St James’ Park, Newcastle Fri 15 June – Wembley Stadium, London Sat 16 June – Wembley Stadium, London Thur 21 June - Principality Stadium, Cardiff Fri 22 … [Read more...] about Don’t miss Ed Sheeran’s 2018 tour – more standing tickets for Manchester on sale NOW!
STEVE Aoki has told how he plays his collaborations with Linkin Park in every set to help him come to terms with the tragic death of the band’s frontman Chester Bennington. The DJ, 39, and the nu-metal giants made A Light That Never Comes and Darker Than Blood together, with Steve calling Chester his favourite singer. The much-loved rocker was found hanged in his LA home last month on his good friend Chris Cornell’s birthday – the Soundgarden singer who also took his own life this year. Speaking to The Sun Online at V Festival, Steve said: “It’s really tough, but it’s really good for me to play their music in my sets. To hear his voice and play our songs, we did a few songs together. First of all it’s acceptance, right. It’s accepting he did actually pass away. That’s a very strange thought because it’s so tragic and I didn’t expect it. “I play his songs in my set every night. You want to remember everything and … [Read more...] about Steve Aoki reveals he plays Linkin Park songs in every set to help him accept Chester Bennington’s death
JAY Z paid tribute to the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington at V Festival this weekend. The rap icon performed Numb/Encore from his and the nu-metal band's collaborative effort Collision Course in memory of the frontman. Introducing the classic mash-up during his headline slot on the main stage, Jay said: "Can you guys light it up for Chester? Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight." The performance marked the first time Jay has taken on the track since 2011. Chester left the music world stunned last month when he hanged himself in his Los Angeles home. The tragic incident happened on the birthday of his friend and fellow rocker Chris Cornell, who also took his own life earlier this year. Despite being without wife Beyonce and their three kids, Jay Z took one of the largest helicopters in the world to fly into Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. And once the whopping aircraft had landed, he was shuttled just the few hundred metres to the stage … [Read more...] about Jay Z performs Linkin Park collaboration Numb/Encore in tribute to Chester Bennington at V Festival
LET’S face it – JAY Z’s plans for V Festival were never going to be modest. But the US rapper’s security was even more intense than a presidential visit, as Jay borrowed armoured vehicles from the Army to make his entrance. Despite being without wife BEYONCE and their three kids, he took one of the largest helicopters in the world to fly into Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. And once the whopping aircraft had landed, he was shuttled just the few hundred metres to the stage in a military transport. My festival source said: “Jay Z’s travel plans were extreme. His S92 helicopter was like nothing seen before, even though none of his family had come with him. “The thing was so big it even has its own toilet on board. It was huge. V had planned to bring in a fleet of Mercedes-Benz with blacked-out windows for Jay and his crew too. “But he insisted that would not be good enough. He said his cars had to be bulletproof, so they had to borrow … [Read more...] about Rapper Jay Z borrows bullet-proof vehicles from Army to make entrance at V Festival
MODEL Roxy Horner looks back in Ongar - well, she is from Essex. The 25-year-old strikes the right chords with singer-song writer Jake Bugg. The Sun revealed Roxy was dating What Doesn’t Kill You Crooner, 23, in December - and their relationship is clearly going from strength to strength. The couple, pictured at a Thorpe Park launch event in March, teased their relationship on social media while jetting off on secret holidays to Hawaii and Japan. Now Roxy also appears in the Nottingham chart star's music video for How Soon The Dawn, released on Friday. Amelia Lily has headed into the Celebrity Big Brother house - here's what you need to know about her... Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell dies aged 81 after long battle with Alzheimer's Glen Campbell was a clean-cut, affable kid who became a music superstar... but fame came at a price as drugs, booze and divorces took their toll on the late singer Seal to judge on Pitch Battle - but what are his biggest hits and when … [Read more...] about Essex singer Roxy Horner will be in boyfriend Jake Bugg’s new music video coming out on Friday
Chester Bennington's wife Talinda has thanked James Corden for giving her the final say in whether the late Linkin Park frontman's Carpool Karaoke airs. Bennington, who battled with addiction and depression, was found dead at his Los Angeles, California home on 20 July after committing suicide, on what would have been his close friend Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. The 41-year-old Numb hitmaker filmed his segment alongside his Linkin Park band mates and The Hangover actor Ken Jeong earlier this year as part of Carpool Karaoke: The Series. He was due to appear in an upcoming episode. But James Corden, who is an executive producer on the show, said the show wanted to "navigate as delicately as possible" since Bennington's tragic death and therefore would be leaving the decision to his family. "We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however, they would like it to be handled," the presenter told the Associated Press. … [Read more...] about Chester Bennington on Carpool Karaoke: Linkin Park frontman’s widow to decide whether appearance airs
The popularity of Ed Sheeran and his latest album, Divide, helped drive a 58% increase in streaming revenue for Warner Music, putting it on track to make more than $1.3bn (£1bn) from digital services including Spotify and Apple Music this year. The world’s third largest record company made $360m from streaming in the three months to the end of June, up 58.6% on the same period a year ago, crediting top-selling artists including Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz and Clean Bandit. A spokesman said Divide, which smashed streaming records on Spotify when it launched in March, had a “big bang” effect on sales in the third quarter of its financial year. The company also pointed to Mars’s third album, 24K Magic, which has continued to sell strongly since being released in November, as well as Linkin Park’s final album before the death of their lead singer, Chester Bennington, last month. The boost in streaming revenue was marked even compared with … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran’s Divide puts Warner Music’s streaming income on track to cross £1bn
FOR the majority of last year the only drinks that SHERIDAN SMITH sipped seemed to be from a cocktail menu. But now the Funny Girl actress is getting stuck into wheatgrass juices at a top detox retreat. I can reveal she has taken a trip to a Turkish retreat popular with other big names in showbiz, including model KATE MOSS. Former party girl Sheridan has made a secret visit to The LifeCo in the resort of Bodrum following her latest health scare. She pulled out of several dates on the nationwide tour of the Funny Girl musical after contracting mumps in June. Combined with the effects of a gruelling tour, the illness has resulted in a swift visit to the health spa. Sheridan and her close pals are ensuring there’s no danger of a repeat of last year when she was signed off work for “stress and exhaustion”. A source said: “Touring can be tough at the best of times but added with her illness, it really started to take its toll on Sheridan. “She worked so hard to … [Read more...] about Sheridan Smith gets stuck into wheatgrass juices at a top detox retreat following latest health scare