ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared their first official statement mourning the loss of their frontman Chester Bennington, who hanged himself last Thursday at age 41.
“Our hearts are broken,” the statement reads. “The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.”
The band continues, “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. [Bennington’s widow] 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.”
Linkin Park had been scheduled to kick off a North American tour this Thursday, July 27 in support of the band’s new album One More Light, which was released in May. The tour has since been cancelled.
“Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious,” Linkin Park writes. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”
Throughout his life, Bennington struggled with addiction and depression, and he was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal,” the band says. “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,” the statement concludes. “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.”
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