Linkin Park says can never re­place late singer

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Linkin Park said yes­ter­day it could never re­place singer Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton af­ter his sui­cide as the band ac­knowl­edged that his “de­mons” had fed his mu­sic. Af­ter three days of shocked si­lence since Ben­ning­ton hanged him­self, the chart-top­ping Cal­i­for­nia me­tal band hailed the “out­pour­ing of love and sup­port” and said Linkin Park’s fu­ture was un­cer­tain. “Your ab­sence leaves a void that can never be filled-a bois­ter­ous, funny, am­bi­tious, cre­ative, kind, gen­er­ous voice in the room is miss­ing,” the band said in a state­ment.

“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.” Ben­ning­ton, 41, had been open about his strug­gles to over­come drug and al­co­hol abuse and low self-im­age, caused in part by be­ing mo­lested as a child.

The Ari­zona-born singer brought his raw rage into Linkin Park, which blended me­tal with pop song struc­ture and rap­ping by gui­tarist and song­writer Mike Shin­oda. A coroner’s re­port con­firmed that Ben­ning­ton com­mit­ted sui­cide. An em­ployee at his Los An­ge­les home found him hang­ing by a belt Thurs­day morn­ing-which would have been the birth­day of his friend Chris Cor­nell of Soundgar­den, another cel­e­brated rock singer who re­cently killed him­self. 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,” the state­ment said. Linkin Park over the week­end set up a web­site ded­i­cated to Ben­ning­ton with trib­utes by fans and in­for­ma­tion for sui­ci­dal peo­ple who need help.

In this Aug 15, 2014, file photo, Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton, left, and Mike Shin­oda of the band Linkin Park per­form in con­cert dur­ing their “Car­ni­vores Tour 2014” at the Susque­hanna Bank Cen­ter in Cam­den, NJ. —AP

In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton, left, per­forms dur­ing the MMRBQ Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2015 at the Susque­hanna Bank Cen­ter in Cam­den, NJ.

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