Chester Bennington through the years: 2000-2017 photos

Chester Bennington’s untimely death cut short a life marked not only by creative bravery, but by his desire to help others.

Bennington and his Linkin Park bandmates took the music world by storm with 11-times platinum 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, and continued to bravely redefine and expand their sound on each of their successive six albums.

We have compiled the photo gallery of Bennington’s 17 years in the public eye. Scroll to have a look at his life through the years.

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Linkin Park circa 2000.


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Chester Bennington performs at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, circa 2000.


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Linkin Park photographed in Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2001.


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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour July 30, 2004, at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.


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Chester Bennington and then-girlfriend Talinda Bentley attend the Verizon Wireless Premieres V Cast on Aug. 27, 2005, in Miami.


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Linkin Park's Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington and Rob Bourdon are photographed in New York on May 11, 2007.



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Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 4, 2009, in London.


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Chester Bennington performs with Linkin Park at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 28, 2009.


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Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 4, 2009, in London, England.


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Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington pose for a portrait on Sept. 16, 2010, in New York.


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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the O2 arena in London on Nov. 11, 2010.


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Chester Bennington and his son Tyler pose together at the ninth annual MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 30, 2013, in Los Angeles.


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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the O2 arena in London in November 2014 in support of their album "The Hunting Party."


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Silhouette of Chester Bennington during a show as part of of the Hunting Party tour at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on June 23, 2015, in Mexico City, Mexico.


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Chester Bennington performs during the Hunting Party 2015 China tour at Hongkou Football Stadium on July 22, 2015 in Shanghai, China.


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Chester Bennington performs at the Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, Sweden, on June 29, 2017.


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