Family and Friends Remember Chester Bennington

The Linkin Park frontman died 2 years ago

July 22, 2019
File photo dated 14/06/14 of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda with Chester Bennington

Press Association

Tributes, condolences, and memories continue to pour in for Chester Bennington. Saturday marked two years since the Linkin Park frontman was found dead in his Southern California home.

Chester’s widow, Talinda, thanked friends and family for their love and support and said she wanted to pass along the same to fans.

“Today (July 20) is going to be a really hard day for a lot of people and that may be you,” she said in an emotional video posted on social media. “And I just want you to know that you’re loved, you matter and the world means something with you in it. Today, let’s make Chester proud and take care of each other because that’s what he would want us to do.”

Bennington’s former Linkin Park bandmate and friend Mike Shinoda posted a photo of the two and said he wasn’t sure how to acknowledge the sad anniversary.

“I didn’t really want to post today, but I also thought it would be weird not to post,” Shinoda wrote on Instagram.” I don’t want the day Chester passed to be marked as an ‘event.’ I’d rather celebrate his birthday, celebrate album anniversaries, celebrate the countless moments our wonderful LP family has had together. Today, just take care of yourself.”

Bennington died on what would have been his friend, Chris Cornell’s, 53rd birthday. Tributes to Cornell, who died two months earlier, also flooded in, including one from former Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello:

“My kids recently discovered Audioslave and while rocking out hard to Cochise my oldest stopped and said, ‘Dad, it’s really sad that Chris Cornell is dead.’ I replied, ‘That is very true, but let’s keep rocking out.’ And we did. Happy Birthday, Chris.”