Linkin Park Pays Tribute To Chester Bennington With Heartfelt Open Letter And A Website Dedicated To Helping Others

"Our hearts are broken."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

The music world was rocked last week with the news of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's tragic passing on Thursday, July 20. An official from the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed that the 41-year-old singer had died due to hanging, though an autopsy is still pending, Variety reports. Now, in the wake of the sad news, Linkin Park is reaching out to fans who might be considering hurting themselves.


Over the weekend the band shared a link on social media that is a tribute website for Bennington. In addition to featuring messages from fans honoring the musician in real time, there are also some resources for those who might be experiencing thoughts of self-harm. Details are there "in case you or someone you know needs support," including contact info the Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Crisis Text Line, as well as a website for finding resources outside of the United States.

Here's a look at the site:

"Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," the band said in an open letter addressed to Bennington on social media. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world."

The post goes on to mention how Bennington's "excitement was infectious" when planning for the future and that he left "a void that can never be filled." The rest of the group — which consists of Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon — remember Bennington as "a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, [and] generous voice."

"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," the letter continues. "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."

Stone Temple Pilots, which Bennington fronted from 2013 to 2015, also released a statement.

Fans will be able to remember Bennington thanks to Linkin Park's entire catalogue of music — including their latest album One More Light, which was released this May. Plus there's band's final music video together and an upcoming episode of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke, with the former released two days before Bennington's death and the latter filmed a little more than a week before and set to be aired in October.

Bennington's passing is a big loss for everyone involved — from his family, to the band, and to their fans — that will certainly take some time to heal. Given the circumstances surrounding the moment, though, it's quite moving to see everyone coming together to remember Bennington and to try and provide help for anyone who might be experiencing similar thoughts.

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.


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