The world is still reeling over the death of one of the most iconic (if not the most iconic) musicians of our generation, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. The 41-year-old lead singer took his own life late last week, sending shockwaves through the Linkin Park family/community as well as the entertainment industry.
His death was felt all over the world.
Chester Bennington was found dead at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, which law enforcement officials confirmed was the rock star’s home. His death was later confirmed by a Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner spokesperson, who said that the singer hanged himself in his bedroom.
One of the first few people to break his silence over Chester Bennington’s death was none other than fellow Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda, who took to his personal Twitter to say, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true.” adding that the band will issue an official statement as soon as they had one.
About 3 days have passed since the unexpected, tragic death of Chester Bennington. Fans and music lovers alike have been waiting with bated breaths to hear from the band members themselves. In that small frame of time, Linkin Park set up a #RIPCHESTER suicide prevention tribute site for their deceased frontman, which listed phone and text lines to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts.
And now, Linkin Park has spoken about Chester Bennington for the first time since his death.
In an emotional post uploaded on the band’s official Facebook page, Linkin Park recounted, “Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your 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.”
Linkin Park added, “While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much. Until we see you again.”
Read their statement in full below:
We’re still so heartbroken. We’ll miss you, Chester Bennington. You will live on in our memories and your music. Forever and always.
Rest in peace.