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Linkin Park has announced in a Twitter post that they are going to hold a “special public event” in LA to honour the memory of Chester Bennington, their frontman who took his own life in July this year. The same post also appeared on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) August 22, 2017
The band thanked all their fans across the world for their “tremendous outpouring of love” and added that they are grateful for everyone’s support during this difficult time. They plan to announce the details of the event soon.
Bennington committed suicide by hanging in his home and was discovered by his housekeeper on 20th July. The 41-year-old had battled with drugs and alcohol through his life and was also a victim of child sexual abuse. Mike Shinoda had confirmed the news in a distraught Twitter post later that day, describing himself as “shocked” and “heartbroken.”
A few months prior to his death, he had spoken to BBC 1’s Newsbeat about the issue of suicide, stating that “sometimes, it just feels like life is testing you.”
A private funeral service was held for him in Palo Verdes, California on July 29th, attended by an estimated 200 people. His wife Talinda issued a moving statement to Rolling Stone a day before, saying that he was a “bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice […] Rest in Peace, my love.”
Since his death, devoted fans everywhere have paid tribute to Linkin Park, through events and memorials. Many celebrities and musicians have also done the same – Jay-Z finished his set at V Festival last weekend with a performance of ‘Numb/Encore,’ a song from 2004 collaborative EP Collision Course between the rapper and the band. Watch fan-shot footage of this below.
— Frankie Ion (@LDNFrank) August 19, 2017