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Linkin Park Share Tribute to Chester Bennington on the One Year Anniversary of His Death

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Chester Bennington, singer for Linkin Park, died one year ago today. The vocalist, who was just 41 at the time of his death, ultimately lost his struggle with depression and took his own life. To pay tribute to their late bandmate on this most tragic off anniversaries, the surviving members of Linkin Park — co-frontman Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, DJ Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon — have released the following statement:

“To our brother Chester,

“It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.

“Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express.

“Love,

“M, J, D, R, B”

The band also included the following resources “In case you or someone you know needs support”:

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

http://chester.linkinpark.com/

https://www.changedirection.org/320-changes-direction/

Additionally, Dave Farrell released the following individual statement as well:

“In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed.

“Be Well My Friend,
“Dave”

Chester, In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed. Be Well My Friend, Dave

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