Remembering Some of Our Favorite Rock 'N' Rollers We Lost in 2017

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Compared to all of the musicians and artists we lost in 2016, like Phife Dog, David Bowie and Prince, 2017 didn't really look as grim in comparison (there's a few days left so we're gonna go ahead and knock on wood).

But it's not like we didn't see some lost this year. From losing our own Conjunto legend Nick "El Nicky Snick" Villarreal, to folks like Chuck Berry, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Fats Domino and "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer Glen Campbell, 2017 shared it's own sense of loss.

To pay our respects, here's a look back on four rock 'n' rollers who passed away in 2017, and whose lives impacted us:

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Chester Bennington

Even though the band managed to evolve beyond the increasingly unpopular sound of nu-metal and rap-rock, somewhere in the mid-to-late aughts, Linkin Park’s movement towards alt-pop was met with much criticism from their original fanbase, but still continued to rank high on the music charts like with One More Light which garnered the number one spot on the Billboard Music chart and was released back in May of this year. So, when my co-worker/work-wife Jessica Elizarraras told me from across the office back in July, that reports of vocalist Chester Bennington's death were starting to roll in, my heart sank. And because it’s my job to report shit that I think our readers (like you) might want to know, I busted out a quick report about Bennington’s untimely suicide, which just happened to be on the late Chris Cornell’s birthday – another alumnus of rock and roll fame who took his life earlier this year. Law enforcement sources told TMZ the singer hanged himself at a residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. Bennington’s body was discovered just before 9 a.m. Thursday, July 20. The band was scheduled to start a tour with a concert on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts with a stop in San Antonio on August 23.

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