Linkin Park hearts 'broken' by singer's suicide
Linkin Park have said their “hearts are broken” following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington.
Bennington, 41, was found dead in the bedroom of his home in Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles last Thursday, and, while a note has not been found, the LA County Coroner announced he had hanged himself.
The US rock group said “the shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened”.
The band’s statement, which was addressed to Bennington, said his family “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,” they said.
The note refers to the singer’s well-publicised struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as depression, saying 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… 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.”
The note ends “until we see you again” and is signed off LP.
Bennington killed himself on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his close friend, former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who also took his own life in May.
Linkin Park announced on Friday they have cancelled their upcoming US tour in the wake of the singer’s death.