Linkin Park to Chester Bennington: ‘You Touched So Many Lives’

2017-07-24

Story by Anne Erickson

Linkin Park pens beautiful official statement regarding Chester Bennington

Linkin Park has posted an open letter to their late frontman Chester Bennington on the band’s official Facebook page.

“Our hearts are broken,” the latter states. “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 realized,” the letter continues. “In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”

In the note, Linkin Park says Bennington had high hopes for the future. Bennington passed away Thursday (July 20). He was 41. According to the official Los Angeles County coroner’s statement, Bennington’s death has been ruled a suicide.

“Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious,” the note reads. “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,” the letter continues, “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.”

The letter concludes, “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. Until we see you again, LP.”

The post also points to a special webpage dedicated to Bennington: Chester.LinkinPark.com.

Photo credit: Anne Erickson

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