In the wake of reports that Chester Bennington has died after committing suicide, many have flocked to Twitter to mourn the late musician and cope with the devastating loss. Some expressed shock, others recalled how much his music meant to them, and several fans began tweeting Bennington's Linkin Park lyrics to honor his impressive legacy.
According to ABC News, Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Thursday morning. A coroner spokesman told the outlet that authorities were investigating his death as an apparent suicide, but that no further details were available at the time. (Bustle reached out to a rep for the band and to the LAPD, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.)
Bennington was 41. He left behind a wife, six children, and an extensive catalog of music. Since forming in the mid-'90s, Linkin Park has released seven albums, sold millions of records, and won two Grammys. Their most recent effort, One More Light, arrived in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The band was currently on tour and scheduled to play a show on Thursday night in Massachusetts.
Now, as fans continue to grapple with the loss of Bennington, they've turned to his trove of songs for solace.
This Person Found New Meaning In His Words
In retrospect, these lyrics are heartbreaking.
Another Fan Expressed How Deeply His Lyrics Were Felt
Numb resonates with me to this day. It so accurately depicts how I felt during the worst time of my life and even now.— Ally 🇯🇲 (@sognatore_xo) July 20, 2017
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there— Ally 🇯🇲 (@sognatore_xo) July 20, 2017
Become so tired, so much more aware
Bennington's unflinching honesty helped others feel less alone.
Some Remembered His Greatest Hits
So let mercy come and wash away what I've done, I'll face myself to cross out what I've become, erase myself and let go of what I've done 🎶— Fede Krauch (@FedeKrauch) July 20, 2017
"What I've Done" sounds haunting in context.
Others Called Back To Earlier Songs
Crawling in my skin— Breno (kira) (@cursinhodosenai) July 20, 2017
This wounds they Will not heal
Fear is how i fall
Confusing what is real
"Crawling," released in 2001, is an aching reflection on mental anguish.
But, Mostly, People Used His Lyrics To Say Goodbye
"and the shadow of the day will embrace the world in grey, and the sun will set for you" 💔— lauren (@lolirich) July 20, 2017
"Shadow Of the Day" is a wrenching send-off.
Bennington put so much of himself into his music, and, hopefully, his lyrics will help his fans, friends, and family grapple with his tragic death.