It's been just over a week since Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington passed away from suicide, and people are still mourning the tragic loss. The band was planning a tour and had a new music video ready for release, so Bennington's passing came as a shock to many. That includes bandmate Dave Phoenix Farrell, who paid tribute to Bennington in a series of tweets on Saturday, July 29. In his messages, Farrell thanked fans for their outpouring of support in the days following Bennington's death.
In a four-part message on Twitter, he wrote,
Indeed, thousands took to social media after news of Benngington's passing broke to share memories of how Linkin Park's music got them through hard times, and it's great to see that those messages reached Bennington's bandmates.
"A huge part of Chester's legacy will be the memories we hold of him in our hearts," Farrell continued. "He was an enthusiastic, playful father, an honest, and passionate musician, and a loyal friend. I've been touched to see memorials that have been held worldwide." Bennington's passion and talent is why so many fans were saddened to hear the news of his death.
It goes without saying, this last week has been extremely difficult. The outpouring of love and kindness I've received from friends and (1)— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 29, 2017
Fans from all over the world has been incredible. I wish I could personally thank every one of you for your love and support... (2)— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 29, 2017
A huge part of Chester's legacy will be the memories we hold of him in our hearts. He was an enthusiastic, playful father... (3)— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 29, 2017
An honest, and passionate musician, and a loyal friend. I've been touched to see memorials that have been held worldwide. (4)— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 29, 2017
Additionally, Farrell encouraged fans to send him photos of tributes to Bennington that they've seen all across the globe. He's been retweeting a ton of them, along with the praying hand emoji.
A small, but at the same time heartful meeting in Perm in Russia. Love and remember with fans around the world. pic.twitter.com/xXi6kv3EOT— депрессαнαнс|broken (@pitydepress) July 29, 2017
Chester memorial in Johannesburg south Africa today pic.twitter.com/ff6EoGlJm5— Tristan stassen (@TristanStassen) July 29, 2017
On Friday, Bennington's wife Talinda released a statement to Entertainment Tonight. In the touching message, she explained that she was heartbroken, but found comfort knowing that Bennington was no longer suffering. As fans may know, Bennington had a history of depression and substance abuse.
And earlier in the week, Linkin Park released an official statement on the band's website. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized," the letter to Bennington read. "In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world."
The band also set up a new page on their site (chester.linkinpark.com) to provide suicide prevention resources. Bennington was only 41 years old at the time of his death. His body was discovered on what would have been fellow musician Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. Cornell also died by suicide. The two were reportedly close, with Bennington even singing at Cornell’s funeral.
There's no denying that Bennington's passing is heartbreaking, and he will absolutely be missed by friends, family, bandmates, fellow musicians, and fans alike. As Farrell points out, his legacy will live on.