James ‘Munky’ Shaffer has opened up about dealing with the loss of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
The singer took his own life on July 20. Bennington was 41 years old and left behind a wife and six children.
Shaffer described his initial reaction to the news as “frustration and shock and sadness”. He said: “Everybody was walking around in this cloud. Just frustration and shock and sadness, and there was all this mixed emotions for… still. It’s still the residual effects of a roller coaster of emotions going around. Because we’ve known him for a long time – all those guys, all the guys in Linkin Park. I can’t imagine what his family and his band must be going through, and my heart sincerely goes out to him and his family. And their families – the whole band’s families. There are so many lives that are affected by this.”
The KoRn guitarist added that it’s been “hard for the guys in Korn to hear about Chester’s death and process it.” Shaffer said: “It’s been sad to lose Chris Cornell and Chester all within such a short period. It should have never happened, but it did… It’s been really hard. And I can’t imagine — I can’t imagine what it’s like for him and his family and his band. So, yeah, my deepest, sincere condolences to him and his family and his band.”