Talinda Bennington aka Talinda Ann Bentley, Chester Bennington’s wife, has broken her silence for this first time since the Linkin Park singer’s death.
The deceased Linkin Park frontman often credited Talinda with rescuing him from the brink. saying their life together made him strong in way he never thought possible. Their whirlwind romance began in 2004 after they were introduced by a mutual friend and began dating in December. 10 days later, they moved in together. They would go on to get married and have 3 children – Tyler Lee, 11, and 6-year-old twins Lila and Lilly.
Taking her thoughts to her Twitter, she wrote, “One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”
“He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love,” Talinda added.
41-year-old Chester Bennington, took his own life late last week, sending shockwaves through the Linkin Park family/community as well as the entertainment industry. He 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.
Fellow Linkin Park founder and member Mike Shinoda was one of the first few people to react to the news, followed by the band. The band also debuted a reworked logo as a tribute to Chester. Hours before Talinda penned her heartbreaking note, Mike took to his Twitter once more to say:
Brad, Joe, Rob, Dave, and I love you all very much. Thank you so much for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 28, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the Linkin Park members.
Rest in peace, Chester Bennington ?
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