Remembering Chester Bennington One Year Later

Fans, friends, Linkin Park bandmates, and more reflect on the last year

July 20, 2018
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs on stage at the Tokyo leg of the Live Earth series of concerts, at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on July 7, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan.

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One year ago today, July 20th, 2017, Chester Bennington, vocalist for Linkin Park, was lost to suicide.

Bennington's death has since helped shine a light on mental health all across the music world, as did the death of Bennington's close friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell (who would have been 53-years-old today) just two months earlier.

Fellow LP frontman and MC Mike Shinoda channeled his grief into a raw, emotional new record called Post Traumatic. Each song on the album appears to describe how Shinoda dealt and still is dealing with the loss of his close friend. Meanwhile, his other bandmates have largely kept out of the spotlight as they work to cope with the loss.    

Today, one year later, band did release a statement honoring Bennington's life and memory, as well as the positive impacr he and their music has had on the world. "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."

To our brother Chester, It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition.  And yet it sill 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. Love, M, J, D, R, B #MakeChesterProud #320ChangesDirection In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK Chester.LinkinPark.com _ --: @KaiMarksPhoto

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Linkin Park bassist "Phoenix" Farrell posted a message dedicated to Bennington, saying "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." 

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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Friends, family, fellow musicians and more have also taken to social media to share their thoughts on the somber anniversary.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.