Following the tragic death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington last week, the band has issued its first statement since his suicide.
“Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realised. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world.”
Chester Bennington was found hanging in his home last week, discovered by his housekeeper in the morning. The Los Angeles County Coroner had confirmed the singer’s death was a suicide. The coroner’s office said that half an empty bottle of alcohol was found in his room, but no suicide note was found. Chester had struggled with alcoholism and drug use in the past.
Linkin Park also cancelled their North American tour, which was scheduled to start this week.
“We want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you” the statement continued.
“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.”
Truly tear inducing truths were said in commemoration of Chester’s talents and for his musical outreach over the whole world, within being the lead singer of Linkin Park. So now, we will make you listen to this beautiful new song by Linkin Park, to help put life into perspective and to also remind you all to take care of yourselves. R.I.P Chester.
Linkin Park’s statement, ended on, “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, Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”
Fans from around the world have paid tribute to Chester. Unfortunately, for Linkin Park, the future is uncertain.
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