Linkin Park cancel North American tour after Chester Bennington's death

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington found deadVincent Balestriere

Linkin Park have cancelled their forthcoming North American tour following the suicide of Chester Bennington.

The 41-year-old was found dead at his Los Angeles, California home on 20 July.

Following the European leg of the One More Light tour the band were scheduled to commence their US gigs on Thursday, concluding on October 22nd with a concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

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In the wake of the cancelled tour promoters Live Nation have announced that all ticket holders will be refunded. In a statement they said: "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected."

A spokesman for the company told Sky News: "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington."

Linkin Park were also set to perform two more dates on their co-headlining tour with Blink-182, the "Welcome to Blinkin Park" tour, on July 28th in Flushing, New York and July 30th in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Those two shows will reportedly go ahead without Linkin Park.

Bennington's band mates have not yet released an official statement following the nu-metal rocker's tragic death, however Mike Shinoda shared his grief with fans tweeting: "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

Linkin Park's official Twitter account also shared a photo of Bennington standing in the midst of a large crowd while performing, in tribute to the frontman.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker paid tribute to Bennington on Twitter writing: "Absolutely heartbroken. I'll cherish every time we hung out or rocked a stage together. Condolences & prayers to all. So sad."

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has confirmed that Bennington died after hanging himself.

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The frontman was reportedly struggling to cope with the death of his close friend Chris Cornell before taking his own life on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Cornell took his own life in May just hours after performing with his band Soundgarden in Detroit. Sources close to Bennington say the nu-metal rocker was still deeply grieving the tragic loss.

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