The music world was shaken to its core last Thursday with the announcement of the tragic death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Bennington, 41, left behind a wife, six children, a decades-long career, and a massive legion of grief-stricken fans when he committed suicide by hanging in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
On July 22, his bandmates broke silence on social media for the first time since the singer’s death, to succinctly announce a page on the band’s official website in memory of Chester, with fans from all over the world posting fanart, personal anecdotes, and tributes to the vocalist that wrote the soundtrack to a generation – in addition to a link to suicide prevention hotlines.
This morning, the band expanded on their tribute by writing a touching farewell letter to Bennington, regaling him as a loving father, son, and husband, a funny, boisterous, and generous friend, and, as we all knew, a massively creative and talented soul. The outpouring of grief from around the world is testament to Bennington’s skill as an artist to resonate with his fans. “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 can read the tribute letter in its entirety on the band’s Facebook page, where millions of fans are still posting tribute to Chester.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please don’t wait until it’s too late to seek help. These are only a few resources available:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line (free, nationwide, available 24/7): Text HELLO to 741741 or message at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine.
For support outside the US, resources are available at http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html