On July 20, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide by hanging at the age of 41-years-old. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Bennington had struggled with drugs and alcohol issues for years, saying in the past he had considered committing suicide because due to childhood abuse. Bennington, who was best friends with the late Chris Cornell and performed “Hallelujah” at his funeral, committed suicide on July 20, Cornell’s birthday.
Now, a little over a week after Chester’s death, Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington has opened up about her grief for the first time.
One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well.
My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.
Just tragic. RIP Chester.