Read Linkin Park's touching open letter to late singer Chester Bennington

The band pays tribute to their lead singer and friend

Published July 24, 2017 2:14PM (EDT)

Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon and Dave Farrell of Linkin Park (Getty/Rich Fury)
Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon and Dave Farrell of Linkin Park (Getty/Rich Fury)

Linkin Park has paid tribute to their late band member, Chester Bennington, with  an emotional open letter posted to their social media accounts.

On Monday, the nu-metal band explained their "hearts are broken," and "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," they continued. "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."

"Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing," they said in the letter. " 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."

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable," the band wrote. "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."

Following Bennington's death, the band has added a new page to their site: a suicide prevention link. The #RIPCHESTER page features available resources for people living inside and out of the United States and includes a live stream of social media posts from fans about the star's death.

On Thursday, Bennington was found dead in a self-inflicted hanging, just hours after the band released the video for their newest song, "Talking to Myself." He was 41.


By Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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