LINKIN PARK SINGER’S ILLNESS STILL A MYSTERY

Bandmate Mike Shinoda says doctors are still trying to find out what made Chester Bennington collapse...

LINKIN PARK‘s MIKE SHINODA has revealed details about bandmate CHESTER BENNINGTON’s hospitalisation, saying that doctors are still trying to find out what caused his collapse.

As reported on NME.COM, Bennington had apparently just got out of bed last Friday (May 30) when he was struck with severe back pain and spasms. He was taken to hospital in Los Angeles.

Speaking for the first time since the incident, Shinoda said that doctors believe Bennington has a problem with his upper stomach and abdomen.

“They did an MRI. It’s not in his head, it’s not in his brain,” he said. “They’ve tested everything and narrowed the area down to his lower abdomen they say that that’s a place where it’s hard to get a diagnosis by.”

He added, “You know they can put cameras to check your stomach, they can check your lower areas, but that lower abdomen is a place where they can’t really send anything in there so they have to just do these scans and tests.”

Shinoda also said that Bennington will face surgery once the cause of his problems is discovered. In an interview with Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ, he said, “(The doctors) know they can get the thing that’s going on in his upper stomach handled in a couple of days, and that will require surgery.

“Then the thing below, they’ve got to figure that thing out, before they can do the other surgery so to cut a long story short, he’s definitely going to be in town for the rest of the month.”

Shinoda also appealed to fans who are trying to inquire about the singer to send messages via the band’s website, [url=]linkinpark.com, instead of trying to make contact with him directly.

He pleaded, “Hopefully we can all remind people that he’s not just the guy from Linkin Park – he’s a human being who’s really sick right now so he needs some privacy and family time.”

Twelve European dates have been cancelled, starting with a June 7 performance in Germany.

A spokesperson for the band said, “All touring and video shoot plans in Europe have been put on hold this month as we make sure Chester fully recovers… We wish him the best, and will keep everyone posted as to his condition.”

The cancelled dates are

Nurburg Rock Am Ring Festival (June 7)

Nuremberg Rock Im Park Festival (8)

Holland Pinkpop Festival (9)

Copenhagen Forum (11)

Sweden Hultsfred Festival (12)

Oslo Norwegian Wood Festival (13)

Berlin Arena(15)

Prague T Mobile Arena (16)

Paris Bercy(18)

Barcelona Doctor Music Festival (21)

Madrid Estadio La Peineta (22)

Lisbon Alantico Pavilhao (23)

The band are also due to make headline performances at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds from August 22-24.