The world is still mourning the loss of Chester Bennington, former lead vocalist of Linkin Park, who died at the age of 41 last Thursday. According to law enforcement, Bennington hanged himself at a Palos Verdes Estates residence in Los Angeles County.
After news of Bennington’s death was made public, longtime Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda tweeted that the band would release a statement at a later time.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Monday morning, that statement was released. "We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal," the band said. "After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place." The band added that their love for making music remains "inextinguishable." Read the statement in full below.
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,
Over the weekend, the band launched a tribute site for Bennington. The site includes messages of remembrance from fans, as well as contact information for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line.
Bennington and Linkin Park created seven wildly successful studio albums. They also gave us the 2004 EP Collision Course with Jay Z.
Bennington’s last performance took place at The O2 Arena in London July 3. The band was scheduled to perform on the One More Light World Tour beginning July 27, but have since canceled the tour.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.