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Guitarists React to the Death of Chester Bennington

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Guitarists and musicians across the world are mourning the loss of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, one of the century's most popular rock bands.

Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park's debut, was 2001's best selling album, and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance and a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 2002 edition of the ceremony.

Below, you can see a host of musicians paying tribute to Bennington on social media, starting with longtime bandmate, Mike Shinoda, who confirmed Bennington's death. Shinoda simply said that Bennington's tragic death had left him "shocked and heartbroken."

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RIP CHESTER BENNINGTON. We can never know someone's pain. Prayers to his family in this tragedy. If you need help REACH OUT. @RollingStonepic.twitter.com/DmtWrHNgeY

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 20, 2017

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So sorry to hear the news about Chester. Condolences to his friends and family. Depression is such a serious issue. https://t.co/NqEGRT4AHD

— Taking Back Sunday (@TBSOfficial) July 20, 2017

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RIP Chester Bennington.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.