Dear Chester

Dear Chester

Linkin Park | 444 Comments

Dear Chester,

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.

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. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. 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. 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.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,



On carol264 said:

The world is a little bit dimmer now.

On develyn said:

Know that we love you all and we will be here with open arms ready to hold all of you. You matter to us and we will be here waiting until you are ready. Love /d

On chazshawn said:

Everything still hurts but this made it feel a little better. Thank you so much for everything Chester, you'll always be in my heart. Rest in Peace.

On jamesrusselbatino said:

CHESTER, thank you for everything. I'm sad I didn't had the chance to meet you but I want you to know that you had touched my life through your music all the way here in the Philippines. Me and thousands of your fans' hearts are broken. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We will miss you. :(

On yunibennington said:

I do still hoping that it was just a bad dream and when I wake up you're still alive. Thank you Chester for everything. Thank you for your love to your fans. I miss you already

On mxcmi said:

I miss you so so much Chester 😭

On jadechaz6981 said:

When I found out what happened, I refused to believe it. I had hopes it was a stupid hoax. Then Mike confirmed it. Did I cry? Yes, was I upset of course. I went into the bathroom washed my face with cold water and just stared at my reflection. Right then and there, I felt selfish. I did not know him personally but it still hurt. Then I imagined what his wife must be going through. That pain of knowing the love of your life is gone. Knowing, she has to be strong for their family. Right then my tears stopped. I started to think, why? It sucks.

On jadechaz6981 said:

Whatever it was that tore at his soul, he hid it well. To Talinda, Samantha, Draven and the rest of the Bennington clan, I am truely sorry for your loss. To the rest of the guys in Linkin Park, I know the pain of losing someone so sudden, its an unbearable pain. My deepest condolences. To my fellow LPU'ers and LPST members, we gotta remember the music, the many times we attended shows and how alive we felt. Remember that behind the smiles of others, there is a deep pain that flows. Remember Chester for being a husband, father and someone we love. You will be missed man. I am fortunate that I attended that show at GCT. He was all smiles and extremely grateful for the response. 💔💔💔💔💔 #RIPChesterBennington #Linkinpark #devastated #LPU #LPST

On wilsongfd said:

Muito Obrigado Chester Bennington, por fazer parte da minha vida, você continua sendo uma inspiração para mim, que Deus tenha piedade da sua alma, pois Ele sabe dos seus feitos aqui nessa vida! Descanse em paz Chazy Chaz! Um até breve...

On asofiaworld said:

We love you, guys. We'll always be here for you and we'll always love Chester.

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