Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

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Chester Bennington's Widow Releases Heartbreaking Statement

Plus, Mike Shinoda Urges Fans Not to Buy Bootlegged Merch

July 28, 2017

It’s been a week since the music world lost one of its most iconic singers, and in the wake of the news of Chester Bennington’s suicide, words of love and support continue to pour in. Now, Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s widow, issued a statement to Rolling Stone. Comparing her and Bennington’s relationship to a fairy-tale-turned-Shakespearean-tragedy, Talinda’s message is both honest and heart wrenching. Read the full message 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."

 

Friend and bandmate Mike Shinoda has also shared his thoughts on the tragedy, including the below image in tribute Linkin Park’s late singer.

Shinoda has been urging fans to seek mental health assistance and to avoid buying LP merch from “scumbag bootleggers.” Instead, he asks fans to order merch from the official LP store so opportunists can’t benefit.

Click here to see more tributes to Chester Bennington.