1 Year Later: Linkin Park Pays Tribute To Chester Bennington

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On the first anniversary of his death, former band mates pay tribute to their brother with touching tribute as they still mourn the loss of their "brother."

In a touching tribute this morning, band members Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson wrote a very touching message about the past year without him.

“To our brother Chester,” they wrote. “It has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it [still] feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. 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,” the note continued. “We miss you more than words can express.”

It was signed with “love,” along with the hashtags, “#MakeChesterProud” and “#320ChangesDirection.” Contact information for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline was also provided.

Just one year ago on July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead by suicide in his Los Angeles home. He was 41 years old.  

The Linkin Park front man battled depression and substance abuse for years before his death. 

At the time of his death his former band mates released this statement:

“The demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal… After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place.”

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