Last week Chester Bennington, Linkin Park’s frontman, died. The authorities said that he died from suicide and hung himself, but it won’t be confirmed until an autopsy and toxicology report are completed.
Since Bennington’s death, there has been an outpouring of love and support for Chester, his band and his family. Until recently, Linkin Park hadn’t directly addressed the singer’s death. They only posted photos of Bennington on their social media and set up a link for suicide prevention.
But now the band has finally broken the silence and talked about losing a core member and the face of their band. The letter, which was posted to Twitter, reads:
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. 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.
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.
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,
Rest in peace, Chester.