Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

Chester Bennington (bald, in middle) with his Linkin Park bandmates.

Chester Bennington

Bands: Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots

Position: lead singer

Died: July 20

Cause of death: suicide

Age: 41

Distinctions: He co-wrote Linkin Park's hit songs, including "In the End (No. 2, 2000), "Numb" (No. 11, 2003), "What I've Done" (No. 7, 2004), "Shadow of the Day" (No. 15, 2007), "New Divide" (No. 6, 2009), "The Catalyst" (No. 27, 2010), "Burn It Down" (No. 30, 2012) and "Heavy" (No. 50, 2017). From 2000 to 2017, Linkin Park released seven albums, all placing in the Top 3 on the charts

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Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.