Linkin Park singer’s widow opens up about hus­band’s death

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU

The widow of late Linkin Park singer Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton says she’s feel­ing the love from the rocker’s fans but she’s also feel­ing the loss.

Talinda Ben­ning­ton said in a state­ment late Thurs­day she wants “to let my com­mu­nity and the fans world­wide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well.’’

Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton hanged him­self from a bed­room door in his home near Los An­ge­les last week. His death was ruled a sui­cide.

“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?’’ Talinda Ben­ning­ton wrote. “The only an­swer I know is to raise our ba­bies with ev­ery ounce of love I have left.’’

Ch­ester and Talinda Ben­ning­ton had six chil­dren.

Linkin Park rose to fame af­ter re­leas­ing its de­but al­bum, “Hy­brid The­ory,’’ in 2000. Fol­low­ing his death, the band an­nounced it would can­cel its tour, which would have be­gun this week.

Talinda Ben­ning­ton said she knows his fans, fam­ily and friends “will help keep (Ch­ester’s) 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,’’ she con­tin­ued. “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.’’

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