Just eight short days ago, the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, passed away tragically by suicide just days before he was scheduled to go on tour for their new album, One More Light. His wife of eleven years with whom he had three children with wrote a heartful tribute below:
“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? 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. 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. 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.
This music community and bandmates have also written tributes. Please remember, mental illness doesn't discriminate based on race, gender, identity, class or age. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365. Call 1-800-273-8255