Dear Chester...
Thu, August 3, 2017 at 9:06 PMDaisy JJ Dakota
Daisy JJ Dakota

Dear Chester,

I've never really understood how people could be so emotional about the loss of a musician, as if they had lost a dear friend. Yet the past 2 weeks I've learned the hard way. The news came like a shock to me and left me heartbroken, like I never thought it could... I am the worst at communicating how I feel, but somehow I feel the need to write this letter to you...

When I first discovered Linkin Park in 2000, I was an angry teen, I felt like I didn't belong, struggled with anxiety and my very own demons, from the sexual abuse in my early years... But Chester, you and the band made me (and so many more in our generation!) feel like we were not alone in battling those demons, that somehow somewhere we were understood. You sang so passionately, about all the things I couldn't communicate to the world. Your music touched us, in so many ways, even saved some of us... It sure did me! Your struggles taught me important lessons, for which I will forever be grateful.

I found my escape in writing poems/lyrics, that no one would ever get their eyes on ;) My biggest escape has always been and always will be music! Good music is emotion, raw emotion, a lot of it! And you took your pain and turned it into something so beautiful. Into something that people could connect to. And that's what good music does; it speaks to people, it changes people... Every LP album, every song is a memory and a part of my past life. I've grown, just like your music did, and I can't thank you and the guys enough for that!

But for some reason we often tend to forget that our idols are only human too, they are not perfect, and fame nor money make them immune to the struggles of life. We all have our moments of darkness, and some of us simply can't escape them,... I'm sad that I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, sad you will never know the impact you had on my life, and many more. I'm sad that no one could save you, like you saved so many! I am sad that this seemed the only way out for you, sad that such a talented and beautiful soul has been lost to the world. I hope you found your peace, Chester. Thank you for the music, thank you for being you, we will never forget you!

I wish your family, bandmates, friends, fans,... strength and courage during this difficult time!

With love, Daisy