Linkin Park Issues First Statement After Chester Bennington's Death

July 24, 2017

The music community has been in mourning after losing yet another influential rocker, Chester Bennington, last Thursday. While countless fans and fellow musicians left tributes, they were also left to wonder about the fate of Linkin Park’s future.

In an emotional statement issued by Linkin Park Monday morning, the band admits that their future remains unknown, but they went on to leave a beautiful tribute to Bennington, and you can read it in its entirety below.

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,


The 41-year-old Linkin Park frontman was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home Thursday morning. Following his death, Linkin Park set up a website including suicide prevention information and a forum for fans to leave tributes to the powerhouse vocalist.

In the wake of Bennington’s death, the band has canceled their North American tour, which was set to kick off this week and run through late October.

Blink-182 followed suit, canceling the two “Blinkin Park” shows that were scheduled for this fall.