'It still feels like you are close by': Linkin Park pay tribute to Chester Bennington on anniversary of his death

'It has been a year since your passing – a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal and recognition', Linkin Park writes in memoriam


                            'It still feels like you are close by': Linkin Park pay tribute to Chester Bennington on anniversary of his death

Friday (July 20) marks the anniversary of the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who took his own life at the age of 41 after succumbing to a battle with depression. To mark the occasion, Linkin Park paid a special online tribute to their late friend and bandmate.

"To our brother Chester, It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it still feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light," read a message posted on Linkin Park's Instagram page, on behalf of band members Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson, alongside a photo of Chester in concert.

"Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness," the message continued. "Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express."



The band promoted the Campaign to Change Direction's 320 Changes Direction initiative, a resource for friends and family members who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, mental illness and addiction in order to help their loved ones. It was co-founded by Chester's wife, Talinda Bennington.

Linkin Park bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell also remembered Bennington on Instagram Thursday. “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,” Farrell wrote.

He also substantiated his long silence since the singer's passing, adding: “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.”


 

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

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Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017, only two months after he performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' at the funeral of his friend and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who also took his own life last year. The Linkin Park singer had battled depression and alcoholism throughout his life and spent time in rehab in 2006. He had been prescribed antidepressants in the past but had not taken them for more than a year. He is survived by wife Talinda Bennington, their son and twin daughters and his three children from previous relationships.

On October 28 the surviving members of Linkin Park performed a three-hour tribute concert to Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl with members of No Doubt, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Sum-41, Bush and Yellowcard.

On Dec. 15 the band released 'One More Light Live,' a live album recorded during Bennington’s final tour last year. Last month, the band's backing vocalist/DJ Mike Shinoda dropped his first solo album, 'Post Traumatic,' which was deeply influenced by Bennington’s death.