Linkin Park on Chester Bennington's Death: "Shock Waves of Grief, Denial Still Sweeping Through Our Family"

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The band released a statement on Monday, days after the lead singer was found to have committed suicide.

The remaining members of Linkin Park shared a heartfelt open letter to their late singer, Chester Bennington, on the band's social media accounts Monday morning.

Four days after the frontman's death, the band broke their silence, writing, "Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened." Bennington, who was 41 years old, was found dead Thursday.

The Los Angeles County coroner announced his death was a suicide by hanging. 

"You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized," they tell Bennington in the letter.

Regarding the band's future, they write: "Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled. ... Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift."

The group canceled tour dates in the wake of Bennington's death.

Read the letter in full below and in the embedded tweet.

Dear Chester,


Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that 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. 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.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,


LP

This story first appeared on Billboard.com

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