It is with a heavy heart to say that the legendary Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has committed suicide this morning. He hanged himself at his home on what would be his dear friend Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Allow us to step away from professionalism for a second and say that this is one of the most heartbreaking days for my life as a musician. Chester has always been a huge inspiration to me and a hero for as long as I can remember. When I went to the secret Linkin Park show in the subway of New York City two months ago and got to hold his hand, I'll never forget him saying "Thank you for everything."
Chester was one of the first people to give us a big break, retweeting our review of the band's promotional single 'Battle Symphony' back in March. From there we began being noticed by Mike Shinoda and the rest of the band. Chester believed in our message and shared our words on his own art, and that's an experience we will never forget.
I wrote my goodbye in a post on fansite Linkin Park Live, and here is an excerpt:
Rest in peace, Chester. Thank you for everything you've done for the world and for us. You will never be forgotten.