The past few days have been one hell of a period for the fans of this rap and nu-metal band’s front man. The famous Chester Bennington was announced dead! This was heartbreaking news indeed and it even got worse when people began to suspect it was due to suicide. The first witness to this horrible event was his housekeeper. She was distraught when she found his body hanging in his bedroom and immediately called 911 for help.
Date of Birth: March 20, 1976
Date of Death: July 20, 2017 (aged 41)
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Many believe his death was pre planned as it happened on the posthumous 53rd birthday of his friend and music idol Chris Cornell who has passed on in May from suicide. He did not only leave on his friend’s happy day but he made arrangements for his family. Just before his death, Bennington has purchased a mansion with five bedrooms situated close to the finest public schools. With this, it becomes difficult to assume he made a rash decision.
Bennington’s songs were famous for helping listeners through their own dark times as he was vocal about his struggles. He was never free from the hold of drugs and was a victim of sexual abuse in his teenage years. The rock band was a part of a new youth revolution and Chester’s voice was its signature. Read on to see all you should know about the large family left behind by the Superstar Rock artist.
Susan Elaine Johnson (mother)
Elaine worked as a nurse and was with Lee until Chester was eleven. After their marriage ended, she lost custody of her son so he lived with her ex-husband. While he was with Russell, the music star started doing drugs and by the time he was 17, returned to living with Susan.
She brought back discipline into her son’s life and made sure he stayed away from drugs and alcohol. According to Chester, he became completely while he was with his mum and this marked a positive change in his life but this was never quite true as all through his career he battled seriously with mental health and addiction troubles.
Chester is survived by his family and they have stated that they’ll prefer a rather quit burial ceremony away from all the publicity the media brings.
Lee Russell Bennington (father)
Papa Bennington was a police officer whose work mainly dealt with cases of child abuse. He worked double shifts and was practically not involved in his son’s development. When he got full custody of his famous son, this neglect continued and Chester resorted to life all by himself. This period while alone with Lee was when he got bullied in school, dealt with all sorts of hard substances and his self confidence was at zero. Chester finally left his father at 17.
Brian Bennington (half brother from father side)
Brian is the only brother Chester has but from different mothers. Brian has a twitter account and its handle is a portmanteau of himself and his brothers; ChestersBro. They appear close and like Lee, Brian is a police officer.
Two half sisters from father side
There are two half-sisters but they have chosen to stay completely out of the spotlight so nothing is known about them.
Samantha Marie Olit (ex-wife)
Duration of Marriage: October 31, 1996 – 2015 (19 years)
Date of Birth: December 1, 1971
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Bennington met Samantha while he was singing in his former local band, Grey Daze, they got married that same year. He was at the verge of giving up on music when he was offered a position as a member of the rock group. Their love started declining with the growing demands of his career. He had become the front man of the famous band and was required to spend more time on his career. This put a lot of pressure on his marriage coupled with the fact that he was dating another woman Elka with whom he eventually had a baby.
While he was married to the life coach, he had tackled addictions to some point but after their divorce, it all came back like a flood. Bennington found himself hooked on drugs again until another woman came along his way.
Talinda Ann Bentley (wife)
Duration of Marriage: 2006 – 2017 (his death)
Date of Birth: September 18, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
They met through a close friend and started dating and the Numb star wed former Playboy model and school teacher Talinda in 2006. They had three kids together, a set of female twins and a cute son. Their over-a-decade-long union would have continued for a long as possible but Bennington was not in the right mental state.
Jaime Bennington (son with Elka Brand)
Date of Birth: May 12, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Jamie was the first son to the Rock band Vocalist. He was born to Elka Brand Chester’s high school friend.
Isaiah Bennington (adopted son from Elka Brand)
Date of Birth: November 8, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
The rock star was obviously in love with Elka Brand while with Samantha. In 2006, after his first divorce, he adopted her son Isaiah as his own even while they were not married.
Draven Sebastian Bennington (son with Samantha Marie Olit)
Date of Birth: April 19, 2002
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Draven is the only son the late Chester had with his first wife.
Tyler Lee Bennington (son with Talinda Ann Bentley)
Date of Birth: March 16, 2006
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Tyler was the first child to be welcomed by the rock star after his second marriage.
Lila and Lily Bennington (twin daughters with Talinda Ann Bentley)
Month of Birth: March 2011
Lila and Lily were the latest additions to the singer’s life. He had a busy career but whenever he wasn’t busy; his days were spent with his children as they were a big part of his life. Chester was a family guy in his private life but to the public; his terrific delivery and deep lyrics would forever be missed.