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He divorced his first wife Samantha Marie Olit in 2005 after nine years of marriage.
The frontman had been open about his history of substance abuse and admitted in one interview in 2011 that he had once been a 'full blown, raging alcoholic'.
Scroll down for video 'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris’s death,' the friend told Radar.
The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.'But everyone thought that he had it licked. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.
One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.
Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005.
He was also the lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
A Los Angeles County coroner confirmed they were investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.
Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself from a door, in a similar manner to friend Chris Cornell, in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. Band-mate Joe Hahn arrived at his home on Thursday afternoon.
Chester Bennington explained his complex battle with depression in his final interview before he committed suicide. Because that was a struggle for me.' The Grammy Award-winning group sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, and then another 4 million with 2003's multiplatinum Meteora.