Linkin Park Fans Pen Tribute For Chester Bennington

Linkin Park fans have bonded in support of the band in the wake of Chester Bennington’s death.

The band’s lead singer was found dead yesterday at his Palos Verdes, California home. It’s been revealed that Bennington commited suicide by hanging.

Today, an open letter was posted on fansite The emotional message praises Chester Bennington, calling him “a man who could never do anyone wrong”.

We share the whole poignant letter:

“I’m so sorry everyone.

This loss comes as one for everyone. It is confirmed that Chester Bennington has committed suicide this morning.

Even here writing this post I’m not really sure what to type or say. It’s unbelievable that he’s gone and it’s heartbreaking from every end. It is his dear friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, and it seems all too tragic and sad (and perhaps even coincidental) that this is the day he left us. I don’t think anyone could’ve seen this coming.

For me, personally, it’s been one of the worst months of my life. My girlfriend left me for someone else and one of my old friends died in the Marines plane crash, and now my hero has committed suicide in the span of two weeks. Through all of this, I relied heavily on Linkin Park’s music to help me through it. Songs like ‘Leave Out All The Rest’ and ‘Sorry For Now’ and even ‘Crawling’ were ones I was turning to to get me through. Chester’s voice is something irreplaceable and in every word you can feel every single emotion and though that came to his mind.

I met Chester for the first time two months ago at the secret show in New York. He shook my hand and told me “Thank you for everything.” Those words, while simple, will be something I never forget. Those four words were so genuine and had so much emotion packed into them that I could feel he truly meant them. He was a man who could never do anyone wrong.

Linkin Park is a band that has touched everyone in every part of the globe whether all they knew was ‘In The End’ and ‘Numb’ or whether they were the true hardcore fans that loved ‘And One’ to death. Whether it was just an angsty teenage fad for you or a lifelong dedication, Linkin Park was always there for you in your life. Chester’s voice and musicianship was something of legend and something that this world may never see again.

We don’t know what the future holds for Linkin Park, or for any of us, in fact. What I do know is that no matter what happens going forward that we are all a family, united by a love for music and this band. We are Linkin Park Live. We are Linkin Park Association. We are Linkin Park Fan Corner. We are the Linkin Park Soldiers and that will never change. Forever and until the end we will always be here for each other and that’s something that will never change.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from problems with mental health, please go to someone. This goes to show you that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have. Mental illness can affect anyone. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call someone or a Suicide Prevention Hotline. Your life is valuable and there are people who love you and will be devastated if you leave too soon. Everyone here will always be here for you if you need it. Don’t lose hope. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you for everything, Chester. Goodbye and we hope from the bottom of our hearts that you’ve escaped your demons. Rest in peace.”

Jana Shugaová

I'm a music enthusiast living in the city of Prague. Before GID became my main writing outlet, I've been working for my school's student magazine. My other interests are travelling, photography and literature.

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