Celebrities React To Chester Bennington’s Death With Heavy Hearts
On Thursday, TMZ reported the deeply saddening news that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died on July 20 at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. He was 41 years old. According to The Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Coroner reportedly confirmed that Bennington committed suicide. (Bustle reached out to a rep for the band and to the LAPD, but did not receive an immediate response.) When news of his passing broke, many celebrities responded to Bennington's tragic passing, grieving this unthinkable loss and offering condolences to his family.
If you've listened to a Linkin Park record, attended one of the band's concerts, or watched one of their music videos, you know Bennington's artistry was undeniable, and his influence on rock music was beyond. His powerhouse voice pours out of the speakers, filling whatever room you are in like a beautiful, commanding fog. Whether Bennington was belting out a wall-shaker of a chorus or singing a gentle, melodic verse, he delivered evocative performances that would make the listener want to simultaneously scream along and weep into their iPods. It should come as no surprise that many celebrities are deeply affected by the untimely death of this nü metal icon.
Here's what some famous folks said about the loss of this inimitable artist.
Rihanna via Instagram just now. RIP Chester 🙌🏿😢 pic.twitter.com/oqZkt01Ui6— Burak (@RihannaDemos) July 20, 2017
A devastated Rih honored what a one-of-a-kind performer he was.
"A Thousand Suns" got me through a horribly dark time. I'm indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 20, 2017
The Avengers director mourned Bennington's passing and shared his personal connection to Linkin Park's fourth record.
Duff McKagan Of Guns N' Roses
RIP Chester B.— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) July 20, 2017
A moving note from the rock legend.
Chance The Rapper
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Chance tweeted his sympathies to those closest to Bennington.
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
The alt-rock band expressed their grief.
So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 20, 2017
The Rock tweeted love, strength, and light to Bennington's family and band.
Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017
The late-night host tweeted condolences.
The New Kids On the Block singer remembered seeing Bennington in concert.
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) July 20, 2017
The Oscar-nominated actor tweeted about Linkin Park single "My December," depression, and this painful loss.
Tyson Ritter Of The All-American Rejects
Saddened to hear of the passing of Chester from @linkinpark.— Tyson ritteR (@tysonritter) July 20, 2017
Another gifted voice silenced to the spirit in the sky-forever alive in song
The All-American Rejects frontman mourned the gifted singer.
Just heard the sad news of the passing of Chester Bennington . Our sincere condolences to his family, his band and everyone who loved him.— Garbage (@garbage) July 20, 2017
Alt-rock greats Garbage expressed their sympathies.
The news about Chester Bennington is devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and @linkinpark. Such a tragic loss— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 20, 2017
TV personality Ryan Seacrest also expressed his sympathies.
Shocked about the news of Chester Bennington’s death. I have played shows with him recently..I will miss him & his great talent very much.— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) July 20, 2017
The "Rebel Yell" luminary tweeted about performing with Bennington, adding that he will miss the greatly talented singer.
May Bennington rest in peace and may his legacy shine on. All of the love to his loved ones during this heart-rending time.