It's been a week since the music world was shocked to learn about the death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington. Chester's widow Talinda Bennington has kept silent since her Husband's death. She recently made her first official statement regarding his death in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
“One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.
He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”
Also a few days ago Linkin park vocalist and co founder Mike Shinoda posted a very early pic of Linkin Park right when Chester joined the group.
1997 or 1998...I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college.
If there was one take away from this tragedy it's that we need to let those who are battling their own personal demons to know they have a place to reach out to. They are loved more than they know, and whatever they are going through, it will get better even though it may be hard to see it at the time.
1-800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline