As I’m sure you’re aware, lead singer of Linkin Park Chester Bennington committed suicide on July 20th.
The rest of the group that he was a member of for 18 years have since released a heartfelt statement mourning the loss of this talent.
Sharing the post on Facebook, Bennington’s bandmates wrote how they were hit with shockwaves of grief and denial, before saying his death will leave a ‘void’ that can never be filled.
In the Facebook post, they praise the singer for being ‘boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous’. They then go on to reference the ‘demons’ that he battled before his death, and they ended it on a high note: “We love you, and miss you so much.”
They also set up a new website that aims to help people who may be struggling with similar demons like Chester.
The page has links and contact numbers for suicide prevention services and helplines, and it also features frequently updated tributes to Chester from fans all across social media.
A spokesperson for Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed that Chester had committed suicide by hanging himself. He was found the morning of July 20th, 2017 in his Los Angeles home, aged just 41. A half-full bottle of alcohol was also near the body, but no drugs or death notes were found anywhere.
In one interview with the Mirror, he talked about how recording and writing the band’s recent album “One More Light”, helped him come out of the ‘darkest time’ of his life and acted like a therapy.
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“One More Light is for us a very personal and very therapeutic kind of record,” he said.
“We got into a lot of aspects of our lives that we probably wouldn’t have normally shared with anyone and just dealt with it on our own.”
If you know of someone who is in a similar situation, don’t remain silent. Reach out and help them today.