Remembering Chester Bennington One Year Later

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

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."

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.