Chester Bennington’s mother leads tributes and shares their final photo to mark Linkin Park frontman’s birthday

"Chester would want you to celebrate his birthday"

Friends and family of Chester Bennington paid tribute to the late Linkin Park frontman yesterday (March 20) to mark his birthday.

Yesterday would have been the frontman’s 43rd birthday. He tragically took his own life in July 2017. Writing to her followers on Twitter, Chester’s mother Susan Eubanks called on his fans and loved ones to ‘celebrate’ his life.

“It has been a very long time since I posted anything but in light of my son’s birthday I just want to tell you all that I am OK and miss my boy so very much!,” she wrote on Twitter. “Hoping you are all well and I love you all! Chester would want us to celebrate his birthday!”

Sharing their final photo together, she continued: “The last time I saw my beautiful boy! Happy Birthday to the best thing that ever arrived on the first day of spring! I love you and miss you so much!”

Meanwhile his widow Talinda, who has since been battling to raise awareness for mental health and helped to launch 320 Changes Direction campaign, also honoured the singer.

“Happy birthday! You made the world brighter from the moment you were born,” she added. “You gave me the world with your love and children. For that,I can never repay you. I pray you are dancing in Heaven. The kids and I are privately celebrating you today by doing your favourite family activities.”

The band and Mike Shinoda also shared touching tributes.

Speaking on Chester’s birthday last year, Talinda called for people to be more open and accepting about depression.

“The passing of my husband cannot be in vain,” she said. “His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health. Throughout his life, he saved countless lives with his music and philanthropy. And through his death, he continues to save lives by spotlighting the urgent need for a change in our mental health culture.

“It’s up to us to change the way we think of mental health, to acknowledge that everyone has their own mental health to care for, and to end stigma and shame when we need to seek help for it.”

Mike Shinoda echoed her sentiments in an interview with NME last year. 

“When you wake up in the morning, you might check in on your physical health but then also check in on your mental health,” he said. “You might go ‘oh, I wasn’t even thinking about it, but now that I’m asking myself how I’m doing, I’m realising that I’m feeling pretty down. I just woke up feeling this way. I don’t know what it is yet, I’ll get to the bottom of it I hope’.

He added: “All of those things are completely OK, you just have to be aware. Talking about it helps make you aware. These things can feel scary and big, but talking about it doesn’t make it feel scary or big any more.”

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