Chester Bennington, the longtime frontman of Linkin Park, hung himself last Thursday and the music world is still reacting to the horrible news.
His bandmates wrote an open letter to the late singer in which they acknowledged the demons that he lived with which they knew were always “part of the deal.”
“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,” the letter begins. “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.”
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 24, 2017
“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,” the letter continues. “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.”
The remaining band members also wrote that they don’t know what path their future will take without their leading man and thanked Bennington for the time that he gave them.
Bennington was found dead after hanging himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County Thursday morning. He is survived by his six children whom he had with his two wives.