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

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

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 Ben­ning­ton was the fa­ther of six chil­dren, in­clud­ing three with Talinda. Linkin Park rose to fame af­ter re­leas­ing its de­but al­bum, “Hy­brid The­ory,” in 2000. It sold more than 10 mil­lion al­bums and was high­lighted by Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton’s screech­ing sig­na­ture vo­cals. The band went on to be­come one of mu­sic’s topselling acts and won ac­co­lades that in­cluded Grammy Awards.

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.” Ben­ning­ton was found dead on what would have been the 53rd birth­day of Soundgar­den front­man Chris Cor­nell, who hanged him­self in May. The two were friends and Ben­ning­ton was the god­fa­ther to Cor­nell’s 11-year-old son, Chris. — AP

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

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