In the band’s first statement since their frontman died by hanging on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell, Linkin Park acknowledged Bennington’s struggles with depression and substance abuse, writing, “the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal.”
Linkin Park added: “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.”
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The alt-rock group — including members Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon — also mentioned Bennington’s roles as a husband to his wife Talinda and father to his six children from multiple relationships. “You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the bandmates wrote. “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.”
Read the emotional statement in its entirety below:
Bennington died by suicide at age 41 on Thursday after hanging himself from a bedroom door at a private residence in Palo Verdes Estates, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed to EW on Friday. Shinoda was among the celebrities who reacted to the news on Twitter, writing, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true.”
In the wake of Bennington’s death, Linkin Park and Blink-182 have canceled their co-headlining summer tour, titled Welcome to Blinkin Park.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).