Chester Bennington, singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide at the age of 41. His death mirrors the suicide of his friend Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who had killed himself by hanging in May at the age of 52.
Bennington died on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
TMZ reported on July 20: “Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We’re told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee.”
A few days before Bennington’s actual death, a hoax report by MediaMass claimed he had died.
“According to their report, which was published prior to his death, their sources originated from a Facebook page named ‘R.I.P. Chester Bennington’, which was created on Tuesday and quickly gained close to one million likes,” wrote Greg Evans for Indy100.
Perhaps in part due to the death hoax, internet conspiracy theorists are speculating that Bennington’s death was no suicide – and neither was Cornell’s. They believe that Bennington and Cornell were going to expose a pedophile ring of the rich and powerful, and they were killed for wanting to speak out.
Bennington’s friend Cornell had started a charity with his wife called the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which in part worked to help victims of child trafficking (or child sex slavery).
“During his charitable work, Mr. Cornell had discovered a “black book” of names for an Elite pedophile ring that was part of a global child abuse network,” reported Jay Greenberg of Neon Nettle. “Sources close to Cornell revealed that he was planning on going public with the names shortly before he was found dead.
While many are skeptical of these claims, others have doubled down. For those who believe the rabbit hole runs deep, Bennington may have had an even bigger connection to a possible pedophile ring. The conspiracy theory is that he might actually be John Podesta’s bastard child. John Podesta was the White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign manager.
Podesta was the subject of much speculation following the release of his emails to Wikileaks. Based on analysis of strange language in the emails, conspiracy theorists claim these emails incorporated code words for pedophilia. These alleged code words included “hot dog” for boy and “pizza” for girl. The amateur sleuths claimed that outrageous costs for “pizza and hot dogs” actually referred to the purchase of children for elite sex parties.
The “PizzaGate” investigation only caught the attention of the mainstream media when a gunman walked into Comet Pizza, a pizza parlor owned by James Alefantis, the former boyfriend of David Brock, founder of the progressive group Media Matters for America.
Comet Pizza was under suspicion for a variety of reasons, some of which included odd photos (since removed) from the Comet Pizza Instagram account, one of which depicted a girl with her arms taped to a table at the pizza joint as a “joke.”
The mainstream media has completely discounted the pedophile ring allegations, and even some conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones have suggested that “PizzaGate” was actually a deflection from a real child trafficking problem.