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It's been one year today that the world lost a talented musician, in the form of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington.

He tragically lost his life from suicide last July in Los Angeles at the age of 41.

The Grammy-award winner had openly spoken about his struggle with depression and his issues with substance abuse before his untimely death. 

His heartbroken fans took to social media in huge numbers today to mark the anniversary.

They wrote, ''the tears have started. Miss you so much Chester It feels like it was only yesterday, and yet feels like a lifetime ago.''

Another said, ''for every time that you and your music helped and help me, when I'm feel alone but your voice is with me, misunderstood but I find comfort with your words…for these 18 years and wonder how many more of infinity love…THANK YOU CHAZ.''

His bandmates paid tribute to him today, posting to Instagram.

Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson penned the emotional message. 

They wrote, “it has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it [still] feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts — our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.”

“Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world,” they continued. “We miss you more than words can express.”

Our thoughts are with Chester and all of those who loved him, today. 

If you are ever experiencing suicidal feelings, please call 116 123 or visit https://suicideprevention.ie/


An episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring Chester Bennington has been released in memory of the late singer.

Linkin Park had filmed the episode with actor Ken Jeong, just six days before Chester took his own life in July of this year.

The band published the clip on its Facebook page today along with the message: “With the blessing of Chester's family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester.”

With Chester in the driving seat, the band (and Ken) can been seen laughing and joking in between joyous renditions of some of Linkin Park's greatest hits as well as covers of Outkast’s Hey YaUnder The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.

The episode's release comes after the show's creator, James Corden, said Chester's family would make the final decision as to whether or not it would go to air.

“We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled.”

Check out the full clip below:


Following the tragic death of Chester Bennington earlier this year, Linkin Park have announced that they will come together for a one-night-only celebration concert in memory of the late singer.

The American rockers will be joined by a host of fellow musicians and promise fans "an unforgettable night of music to honour the man that touched the lives of so many around the world."

A statement posted on the band's official website reads: “Linkin Park announce a special show in honour of Chester. The one-night-only celebration will take place in Los Angeles at the legendary Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 27, 2017.”

The singer died by suicide at his Los Angeles home on July 20, just days before Linkin Park were due to embark on a North American tour.

His death shocked fans around the world, and in an effort to help others who may be experiencing similar mental health issues, his family have set up a suicide awareness charity.

Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale this Friday, September 22.


Chester Benninton's wife has shared a heartbreaking photo of the Linkin Park star taken just days before he took his own life earlier this year. 

The photo, posted on Talinda Bennington's Twitter, shows the couple and their family smiling and laughing as they spend quality time together at the seaside.

She wrote: “This was days b4 my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there,but you'd. Never kmow (sic).”

Just one week after Chester died by suicide in his California home, aged just 41, Talinda released an emotional statement in which she referred to their “fairytale life” together.

“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," she wrote.

His death shocked fans around the world, and in an effort to help others who may be experiencing similar mental health issues, his family have set up a suicide awareness charity.

The Linkin Park front man was buried in a private service, where it's believed around 200 relatives, friends and fellow musicians were in attendance.


The family of Chester Bennington, have planned to set up a suicide awareness charity to help young music fans.

Chester died by suicide in his California home last month, aged just 41.

His death shocked fans around the world, and now his family are determined to help others who may be experiencing similar mental health issues.

According to reports, the family hope the organisation will help to prevent others, especially young fans, from suffering the same fate as the Linkin Park frontman.

Chester took his own life on what would have been the 53rd birthday of Audioslave singer, Chris Cornell, who also died by suicide earlier this year.

The family of Chester are said to be concerned that fans of the rock stars “might want to glorify or somehow honour their deaths by doing the same. They're also worried troubled people might view this as an appropriate way out.”

Shortly after his death, Linkin Park shared details of suicide help lines along with the message: “In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources.”

Samaritans.org – Irish telephone: 116 123


Talinda Bennington, widow of the late Chester Bennington, has thanked James Corden and producers for allowing the family to decide whether an episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring the Linkin Park singer will go to air.

The 41-year-old died by suicide at his Los Angeles home on July 20, just days before Linkin Park were due to embark on a North American tour.

The singer was also due to appear in an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, but James Corden has said that Chester's family should decide whether it is shown or not.

Corden told the Associated Press: “We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled.

“We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because I don’t think there’s any other way we could deal with it. It’s a tragedy.”

Talinda then took to Twitter to thank the talk show host for his comments:

The first episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series was shown on Apple Music on Wednesday.


It's been almost two weeks since the death of Chester Bennington – the frontman of one of the noughties' biggest rock bands.

And as the music industry attempts to come to terms with his tragic passing by suicide, fellow artists have wasted no time paying tribute to the man responsible for some of the great rock anthems of recent years, including In the End, Numb and Crawling.

Acknowledging the 41-year-old's sudden death, Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, played a cover of Numb at the MetLife stadium this week.

However, the footage, which has amassed 42,000 views since its upload yesterday, has been met with considerable negativity from fans who have implied that the cover fell short of expectations.

"If Chester was alive, and this was a normal cover, everyone would say the truth: what an horrible cover," wrote one YouTube user.

"WTF is this? This is a disgrace," wrote another. "Stick to what you're good at, Chris Martin. First you butchered George Michael's song and now you had to butchered Linkin Park song. SMFH."

Acknowledging the backlash, some members of the public rushed to Chris Martin's defence, with one writing: "It wasn't necessarily a bad cover; it was fine, actually."

"However, hearing Chris Martin cover Chester's song, along with other artists, just reminds everyone how we're never going to hear Chester's massive voice ever again," they reasoned.

"Chris took time to learn this to pay respect to a well respected singer, why the f*ck are you complaining?" argued another. "It's not supposed to be the best cover ever, it's supposed to be a tribute."


Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s wife and mother to three of his six children, has released a heartbreaking statement following his tragic death last week. 

"One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their Daddy,” she wrote.

"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? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive."

Talinda finished off the tribute with a poignant reminder that Chester is now “pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts.”

"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."

The singer died by suicide at his Los Angeles home on July 20, just days before Linkin Park were due to embark on a North American tour.

Since then, fellow musicians have taken to social media to share their condolences, including Chester's bandmates who released a touching statement on their official website.


Following the death of Linkin Park's, Chester Bennington, the band have paid an emotional tribute to the lead singer in their first official statement since the tragedy.

Chester was found dead at his home in Los Angeles last Thursday. It has since been confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner that the 41-year-old died by suicide.

In a letter simply titled 'Dear Chester', posted on Linkin Park's official website, the group said “Our hearts are broken,” adding that “the shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened”.

The statement continued: “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 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 band released their latest album, One More Light, in May this year and were due to embark on a North American tour later this week.

The future of the band is not yet known, however, in the letter, the group noted that Chester's absence “leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”

It continued, "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.”

Chester is survived by his wife Talinda, their son Tyler and twin daughters Lilly and Lils as well as three children from his previous relationships.


As the music industry attempts to come to terms with the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, social media users have condemned Korn guitarist for suggesting Chester's death was a sign of cowardice.

In a Facebook post he shared last night, Brian Welch wrote: "Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?!"

In a move which has stunned fans and followers, Brian went on to claim that Chester's decision to take his own life was born of cowardice.

‘I’m sick of this suicide shit! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed!" (sic)

"Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!"

Perhaps realising that his opinion may be met with condemnation, he added: "I’m sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I’m just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings."

However, Brian's attempt at justifying his remark wasn't enough to placate understandably upset members of the public.

"That's like saying you've battled cancer and that people who die of cancer are weak," countered one follower. "Some people have it worse than others . Doesn't make you weak or a coward."

"I have lost whatever respect i had for you," wrote another. "Do you really think this is something he would have wanted if he thought there was another option?"

"If you've battled depression and/or mental illness you should realise suicide is not cowardly or selfish, it's an act out of desperation," added another.

"Use your fame and celebrity to encourage anyone considering suicide to seek help, and not as a platform to be ignorant and condescending."

Following the backlash, Brian returned to Facebook to clarify his thought process.

"I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester," he wrote. "Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester."

"I’m pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night," he added.

Despite the backlash, Brian's initial post amassed a staggering 36,000 likes on Facebook.


In sad news this evening, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died.

According to TMZ, the singer died by suicide and reportedly hanged himself in his home in LA.

His body was discovered this morning just before 9am.

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The 41-year-old struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past, and was very close with Chris Cornell, who also died in May.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.