Linkin Park Bandmates Pen Emotional Letter to Chester Bennington

July 24, 2017 Updated: July 24, 2017

Following the tragic suicide of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, his bandmates released an emotional letter to their friend and colleague.

In the first public statement after Bennington’s death, bandmates Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon say that their “hearts are broken” and that Bennington left a “void that can never be filled.”

Linkin Park (Creative Commons)
Linkin Park (Creative Commons)

The letter also touches of Bennington’s depression, saying that his battle was expressed in his songs, allowing him to connect with his audience.

The letter reads:

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,

Bennington was found dead in his home on July 20 in Los Angeles. A coroner later stated that the rock icon hung himself.

From NTD Television.