Published Jul 28, 2017Linkin Park fans were shocked by the sad news of singer Chester Bennington's death by suicide last week, prompting an outpouring of grief and support from across the music community. His bandmates released an official statement earlier this week, and now his widow Talinda Bennington has shared a tribute to her late husband.
She shared a statement on Twitter this morning, and the poignant message opens with her referring to Bennington as her "soulmate" and their children's "hero."
She continues, pledging to "raise out babies with every ounce of love I have left" and thanking her community and the band's fans for their love and dedication to keeping his memory alive.
Towards the end of her statement, she adds: "Now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts."
Read the full message below.
One week ago today, 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 angels 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.
Always, Mrs. Talinda Bennington
Bennington was found dead at his Los Angeles home on July 20, in what has since been confirmed as a suicide by hanging. His bandmates have set up a tribute page to Bennington here; it also features contact information for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and other international support organizations for anyone in need of help.