Linkin Park’s Video For Fans Shows Just How Many Lives Chester Bennington Touched
It's been over a month since Chester Bennington died at the age of 41. As soon as his death was announced, fans mourned deeply and honored the former Linkin Park singer with some emotional tributes. Their love and kindness is something that struck a chord with Bennington's bandmates. On Thursday, Linkin Park thanked fans with a tribute video that they shared on social media.
"Thank you to our fans from around the world for your outpouring of love and support," the band captioned the video. It's a short, yet extremely heartfelt, video showcasing their song "One More Light," alongside different snippets of memorials fans held worldwide after Bennington's passing. Fans in Russia, China, Indonesia, the United States, Peru, and many, many more are featured in the memorial video.
It's amazing to see how many people gathered across the globe to hold up candles for Bennington, release balloons in his memory, and take time out of their days to remember the unforgettable talent that he was. All of this just goes to show you how many lives he touched and how much of an impact he made through his music.
In August, Linkin Park posted another thank you on Twitter that read in part, "Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time." In the same message, they also announced they would soon hold a special public memorial event honoring Bennington in Los Angeles.
At the end of July, Linkin Park member Dave Phoenix Farrell also took to Twitter, where he wrote a series of tweets about Bennington and thanked fans personally for their caring words. He posted:
It goes without saying, this last week has been extremely difficult. The outpouring of love and kindness I've received from friends and fans from all over the world has been incredible. I wish I could personally thank every one of you for your love and support. A huge part of Chester's legacy will be the memories we hold of him in our hearts. 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.
Linkin Park as a whole also came forward expressing their heartache over the death of the man they cared for so deeply. They released a lengthy group statement in July on their website. "We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal," a portion of it reads. "After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve."
The band has made it quite clear how much their fans mean to them and that all of the love being sent their way and to Bennington's family isn't going unnoticed. It's something they truly appreciate.
Even many fellow celebrities have honored Bennington, whose death was ruled a suicide by hanging in July (the case is now closed). One of the most standout tributes was from Jared Leto, who memorialized his fellow artist and friend, in addition to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, at the 2017 MTV VMAs. Leto beautifully said,
"When I think about him, Chester, I see his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve. I think how kindly he treated me, my brother, Tomo, our band. I think about his wife and his six, six incredible children. I think about his family. I think about his band, who were really his brothers, and I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate, that voice will live forever."
His "voice will live forever," which is proven in Linkin Park's thank you video to fans.