Published Jul 20, 2018It's been an entire year since the world lost Linkin Park's Chester Bennington to suicide, and on the anniversary of his death, the frontman's former bandmates are paying tribute to their fallen leader.
This morning, Linkin Park marked the tragic anniversary with an emotional open letter to Bennington on the band's website. You can read it in full below.
To our brother Chester,
It has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill 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. We miss you more than words can express.
M, J, D, R, B
Those initials, of course, stand for surviving Linkin Park members Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson.
Via Instagram, Farrell also penned his own personal tribute to Bennington. It reads:
In the past year, there hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn't formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I'd struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don't know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed.
Be Well My Friend,
Chester Bennington died of suicide on July 20, 2017. He was 41.