Linkin Park have led tributes to Chester Bennington on the first anniversary of his death.
The nu-metal icons said they were “eternally grateful” to have worked with the singer, after he took his own life at home in California.
“It has been a year since your passing – a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal and recognition”, the band wrote on Twitter.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 20, 2018
“And yet it still 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.”
A separate tribute came from bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, who detailed how he had struggled to deal with Bennington’s death.
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Chester, 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, Dave
“Chester, in the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you”, he wrote on Instagram.
“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…”
Tributes have also flooded in from Bennington’s fans across the globe.
Meanwhile, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recently admitted that he was open to the prospect of teaming up with the group to perform.
“I’m just taking it one step at a time and keeping my mind open to the possibilities — whether it’s doing things under my name or working with other artists or producing tracks for somebody else, or if the guys are at a point where they wanna play Linkin Park shows, I’m sure that any of those things are possibilities and I’m just open to whatever happens,” Shinoda told French radio station United Rock Nations