‘We love you, and miss you so much’ – read Linkin Park’s heartbreaking open letter to Chester Bennington

'Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park have shared a touching open letter to the late Chester Bennington, saying that “his absence leaves a void that can never be filled”.

Last week, news broke that the singer had died after taking his own life, following a lengthy battle with depression. While the band opened a tribute website in his memory, now they’ve shared a heartfelt letter to Bennington – thanking him for ‘fearlessly putting his demons on display’, but noting that it was ‘those same demons who took him away’.

Read Linkin Park’s full open letter below:

“Dear Chester,

“Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. 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.

“Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. 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.

“Until we see you again,

“LP”

This weekend, Chester Bennington’s cause of death was officially confirmed.Los Angeles Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Winter has confirmed that 41-year-old Bennington died by hanging. They added that half a bottle of alcohol was found nearby but there was no sign of drug abuse. A suicide note was not found.