On July 20th, 2017, music fans were shocked to hear the news that Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, had died.
Bennington was found dead near his home in L.A., he was 41 years old. The Los Angeles coroner says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.
Interestingly enough, Bennington died on the birthday of friend and fellow rocker, Chris Cornell. Cornell took his own life in May of this year.
Since Chester's death, fans, bandmembers and musicians have been mourning the rockstar. He was a sound of an entire generation. Bridging the gap between rap and hip-hop and other genres.
Today, Linkin Park posted a letter on their website honoring Chester:
https://t.co/CkwWKW25et pic.twitter.com/364B8vHRmf— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 24, 2017
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,
Bennington, who sported piercings and tattoos, struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He leaves behind a wife and six children.
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