Linkin Park Share Open Letter to Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington performing with Linkin Park Mairo Cinquetti/REX/Shutterstock
Chester Bennington performing with Linkin Park Mairo Cinquetti/REX/Shutterstock
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Music Editor24 July 2017

The members of rock band Linkin Park have ended their silence in the wake of frontman Chester Bennington’s death by suicide on Thursday, July 20.

Issuing a collective open letter on their Facebook page on Monday morning, the band shared both their fond memories of Bennington’s “infectious” excitement and their grief in his absence. Read the full, poignant message below:

Dear Chester,

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,


The band also shared a website dedicated to Bennington, including live tweets dedicated to the vocalist and resources for those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Linkin Park are best known for their debut album Hybrid Theory, which has sold over 30 million copies since its release in 2000, making it the best-selling debut of the 21st century. Their sophomore album, Meteora, also saw massive commercial success, with 27 million copies sold worldwide.

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