Their first year of marriage saw the couple plagued by a cyberstalker, who sent bizarre emails to Bentley not long after she and Bennington had married.
Among them, according to Wired in 2007, were ones claiming the sender was “happy” for them before linking to a web site run by his ex, dark inferences about Talinda’s own dating history, and others which indicated the sender knew she was home alone during times her husband was on tour.
He was also very close to Soundgarden musician Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging back in May.
After Cornell’s death, Bennington had taken to social media to share a message for his deceased friend.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Talinda Ann Bentley, 40, and his six children.
His wife’s Twitter account appears to have been hacked late Thursday, with tweets about her husband’s death showing up for about 30 minutes, before they were deleted. Bennington was alone in his home when he died, his wife and family were elsewhere.
They had welcomed their son, Tyler, during the drama in 2006, and had twins, Lily and Lila, in 2011.
Bentley often took to Twitter to share happy messages and moments with her husband, including ones from this past June.
Update p.m.: Bennington's bandmate, Mike Shinoda, has confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true.
In the post above, the singer pens a touching poem to his wife.
Bennington married Bentley shortly after his divorce from his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit.
In a 2009 interview with Bullz-Eye, Bennington discussed how Bentley helped him overcome his depression at the time: “My divorce was one of the worst and best things to ever happen to me in my life.
Everything I had worked so hard for was gone after we were through. I was wiped out and it was tough on my ego to let go of all of that,” he said, “I went from living in a huge house to a tiny apartment in Santa Monica.