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Linkin Park Statement On Chester Bennington Death – Read Open Letter

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Linkin Park Chester Bennington Statement

By Shari Weiss |

Linkin Park Chester Bennington Statement

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Linkin Park released its first statement on Chester Bennington‘s death on Monday. It took the form of an open letter addressed to the late rocker, and was posted on the band’s social media pages as well as on its website.

As Gossip Cop reported, Bennington was found dead last week after committing suicide at the age of 41. In the immediate aftermath, band mate and creative partner Mike Shinoda tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Now several days later, he and the rest of the Linkin Park members are addressing his passing as a group for the first time.

The letter, which you can read in its entirety below, begins with “Dear Chester.” It then says, “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 realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. [Your wife] 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.”

The band writes that Bennington had an “infectious” excitement about the years ahead, but acknowledge, “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.” The group goes 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.”

“Until we see you again,” the letter ends, signed simply by “LP.” The statement comes in the wake of Linkin Park setting up a special page on its website listing resources “in case you or someone you know needs support.” As Gossip Cop reported, Linkin Park canceled its tour on Friday. At this point, the band’s future is unclear, but Gossip Cop will continue to have updates as appropriate. Bennington is pictured above with Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson and Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell at their 2014 induction into Guitar Center’s RockWalk in Hollywood. Read the full statement below.

 


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