Hybrid Theory came out about a year before a very difficult period in my life. I was in my early 20s. Thought I had it all together and was ready to be an independent adult and then I got several doses of unexpected reality all at once. Was not one of my better moments in life and came pretty close to losing my mind.
I'll spare the details of all that, but what got me through was that album. For weeks on end I would blast songs from that album on my home stereo and in my car and just scream the lyrics right along with Chester.
R.I.P. Chester. I really hope no more musicians die anytime soon, especially like this. It's heartbreaking.
I'm a little younger than you, but not our ages are likely closer than a lot of other people on this forum. LP was most active during my teen years, and they really helped me a lot too.
The band always spoke to me, and the magical things about their songs was that they kind of addressed the exact feelings that I think a lot of people were going through. Listening to these guys when I was down was always cathartic.
I was heartbroken when I heard the news. Celebrity deaths rarely touch me personally, but this did.
I have to admit that mixed in with the devestation was a little bit of anger - for someone who played a role in my survival to end their own lives is frustrating.