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The Latest: Bennington's death ruled suicide by hanging

The Latest on announcements related to the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. (all times EST):

3:41 p.m.

The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington's death was a suicide by hanging.

Watch Commander Lt. Rudy Molano said an autopsy was conducted on July 21.

Coroner office spokesman Ed Winter's confirmed last week that no drugs were evident in Bennington's room.

Bennington was found dead on Thursday on the 53rd birthday of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May. Cornell and Bennington were friends.

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10:46 a.m.

Members of Linkin Park say their hearts are broken following the death of lead singer Chester Bennington, who died by hanging last week.

The rock band says "shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened."

Bennington, who was 41, hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles.

The band says Bennington "touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized."

Linkin Park had planned to launch a tour this week, but canceled it following Bennington's death. Their hits include "In the End" and "Numb."

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8:51 a.m.

Linkin Park has returned to the charts after lead singer Chester Bennington's death last week.

Billboard says the band's latest effort, "One More Light," re-entered Billboard's Top 200 album charts at No. 17 on the most recent chart. The band's popular debut, "Hybrid Theory," checked in at No. 27.

"One More Light" topped Amazon's list of best-selling albums Monday, while "Hybrid Theory" was fifth.

More than 11 million copies of "Hybrid Theory" have sold since it was first released in 2000.

The band's 2003 follow-up, "Meteora," was at No. 41 on the Billboard list, while 2007's "Minutes to Midnight" was at No. 115.

Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

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‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

A sequel to the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” is in the works; at least, that’s the word following a weird Warner Bros. flash card announcement at Comic-Con over the weekend.

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The studio flashed a title card with the words “Wonder Woman II” during a “Justice League"panel, according to CBS News.

Lead actor Gal Gadot is expected to reprise her role as the crime fighting superhero, but’s it’s unknown whether Patty Jenkins will return to direct the sequel. 

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“Wonder Woman” has grossed $398 million at the North American box office since opening in early June.

Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park on Monday remembered frontman Chester Bennington as a “fearless” man with “the biggest heart” in a statement released four days after the musician’s death.

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The remembrance, written as a letter to Bennington, was posted to the band’s social media pages on Monday morning.

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the letter said. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”

Bennington was found in dead of an apparent suicide in his home near Los Angeles last week, The Associated Press reported.

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The band said it’s still trying to come to terms with its grief.

“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place,” the statement from Linkin Park said. “You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

Linkin Park canceled its upcoming tour, meant to kick off July 27 in support of the band’s new album, “One More Light.”

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The band also launched an online memorial to celebrate Bennington’s life and impact. Suicide prevention information is featured prominently on the page.

“While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you,” the band said. “Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”

Tennis champ Andy Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker expecting first daughter

Baby number two is on the way for Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker.

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Roddick subtly announced his wife’s pregnancy during a speech as he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.

According to E! News, Roddick made an emotional acceptance speech thanking his wife, mother, father, son and soon-to-be daughter.

“Brook, I don’t know how you juggle it all ... You hear a lot of guys find it very tough to walk away from professional sports, but you are the reason my personal transition into a quasi-everyday life has been gratifying and full,” he said. “Hank will someday realize how lucky he is, and our daughter that’s coming will also realize she has the best mother on Earth.”

The couple wed in 2009 and welcomed their first child together in August 2015.

NASCAR's Earnhardt Jr. headed to NBC broadcast booth in 2018

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new way to voice his racing opinions next season — on television.

NASCAR's most popular driver will join NBC Sports Group's coverage of stock car racing next year and there may be more options once he climbs out of the car for good.

The agreement with NBCUniversal announced Monday will allow Earnhardt to pursue "a wide range of opportunities in the company's media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas" including football and perhaps even the Olympics.

"I've always just drove race cars. So this is probably the first real job I've had in 20 years," Earnhardt said on a conference call. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to start an entirely new career."

He seems like a natural, too.

Earnhardt has been voted the series' most popular driver 14 consecutive times and provides some of the most thoughtful analysis in the series. Add those traits to his down-to-earth approach and his desire to succeed and it could be a perfect match. NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood said Earnhardt has already contemplated following Chris Collinsworth around for a "Sunday Night Football" game or watching an Xfinity Series race in the television truck just to see how things work.

"His love of the sport and his passion for the history of the sport makes him look at it in a different way," Flood said. "It's fun to hear how curious he is about TV."

Earnhardt got a brief taste of broadcasting last year, working with Flood while he dealt with concussion-related symptoms.

But discussions with NBC didn't begin until after Earnhardt announced in April he would retire after this season, in part because of his injury history. Two big crashes last summer forced him out of the final 18 races, and he missed two races during the 2012 playoffs also because of concussion-related symptoms. The 42-year-old Earnhardt intends to compete in two Xfinity races next season and plans to be involved in the sport in other ways.

Earnhardt said negotiations began after he decided to leave racing and continued for several months before the two sides agreed to the deal in the past few days.

"I'm excited to be able to finally announce this news," Earnhardt said. "I'm going to follow Sam's lead and as prepared be as I can and let him give me the tools to make progress."

Next year's NASCAR races will air on either NBC Sports or Fox channels. This year, NBC Sports Group will air the final 20 Cup Series races and the final 19 Xfinity events.

"It is a tremendous honor not only to join NBC Sports next year but to begin a new career alongside people who love NASCAR as much as I do," Earnhardt said. "To be reunited with Steve Letarte, to be able to call legends like Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty teammates rather than just friends, to be able to continue going to the track and connecting with race fans, it's a privilege I don't take lightly. I will devote my heart and soul to this broadcast team and pledge my very best to the millions who watch it."

Earnhardt has 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500, putting him 29th on NASCAR's all-time race winners list. His father, Dale Earnhardt, won seven Cup titles and 76 Cup races in his storied career.

NBC said it was also partnering with Earnhardt on some of his other businesses, including Dirty Mo Media and Hammerhead Entertainment.

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Aspiring Country Singer Abby Nicole Dies in ATV Accident

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Chase Rice Shares 'Lambs & Lions' Release Details, First Single [LISTEN]

Chase Rice has released a new single "Three Chords and the Truth" and announced the details for his new album, 'Lambs and Lions'.

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Linkin Park releases statement about band member's death

Linkin Park said their hearts are broken following the death of lead singer Chester Bennington, who died by hanging last week.

The rock band said Monday that the "shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened."

Bennington, who was 41, hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that the death was a suicide.

The band started the statement with, "Dear Chester."

"You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you," the statement said.

Bennington was one of two lead vocalists for Linkin Park, which became one of the most commercially successful acts of the 2000s. They won countless awards, including Grammys, and their hits include "In the End," ''What I've Done" and "Numb."

The group also includes Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, Joe Hahnand and Rob Bourdo. They said Bennington's "absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing."

"We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve," the statement continued.

Linkin Park had planned to launch a tour this week, but canceled it following Bennington's death. They released their debut album, "Hybrid Theory," in 2000, and their most recent album, "One More Light," dropped in May.

Billboard says the band's latest effort, "One More Light," re-entered Billboard's Top 200 album charts at No. 17 on the most recent chart. The band's popular debut, "Hybrid Theory," checked in at No. 27. "One More Light" topped Amazon's list of best-selling albums Monday, while "Hybrid Theory" was fifth.

More than 11 million copies of "Hybrid Theory" have sold since it was first released in 2000. The band's 2003 follow-up, "Meteora," was at No. 41 on the Billboard list, while 2007's "Minutes to Midnight" was at No. 115.

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you," the statement read. "Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much."

The band signed off with, "Until we see you again."

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AP writers Patrick Mairs in Philadelphia and Joseph Longo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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