Linkin Park pays trib­ute to Ch­ester

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out -

Along with a mil­lion heart­bro­ken fans, the pop­u­lar rock band Linkin Park is also strug­gling to deal with the loss of their band mem­ber, Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton. The singer who was 41, hanged him­self from a bed­room door in his home near Los Angeles, last week. The Los Angeles County coro­ner ruled that the death was a sui­cide.

Five days af­ter his death, the band has is­sued an of­fi­cial state­ment. The band started the let­ter with, “Dear Ch­ester.”

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you re­alised. In the past few days, we’ve seen an out­pour­ing of love and sup­port, both public and pri­vate, from around the world. Talinda[wife] 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,” the state­ment said.

Linkin Park had been due to start a tour a week later. In the state­ment, the band said that Ben­ning­ton had been speak­ing about fu­ture plans to­gether.

“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,” they wrote.

Linkin Park over the week­end set up a web­site ded­i­cated to Ben­ning­ton with tributes by fans and in­for­ma­tion for sui­ci­dal peo­ple who need help.

Ben­ning­ton was one of the lead vo­cal­ists for Linkin Park, which be­came one of the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful bands of the 2000s. They won count­less awards, in­clud­ing Gram­mys, and their hits in­clude In the End, What I’ve Done and Numb.

PHOTO:FACE­BOOK/LINKIN PARK

Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton (first from left) was lead singer for Linkin Park band

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