One Year Ago: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Found Dead At 41

July 20, 2018
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On July 20th, 2017, Chester Bennington, vocalist for Linkin Park, was found dead after committing suicide by hanging.

Bennington's death has since shined a light on mental health and depression, especially since his suicide comes only two months after his close friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, had also committed suicide by hanging in his hotel room.

One year later, band has released a statement on their Instagram account, honoring Bennington's life and memory, as well as the positive effect he and their music has had on others. "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."

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 #MakeChesterProud #320ChangesDirection In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK Chester.LinkinPark.com _ --: @KaiMarksPhoto

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Bassist David Michael "Phoenix" Farrell posted a message dedicated to Bennington on his personal Instagram, saying "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." He later adds, "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." 

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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