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Linkin Park Remembers Chester Bennington On His First Death Anniversary

 

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Linkin Park remembers the late singer-songwriter Chester Bennington who committed suicide inside his home in Los Angeles a year ago.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson wrote a tribute to their bandmate who passed away on July 20, 2017.

Linkin Park Marks Chester Bennington's 1st Year Anniversary

"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 authored an indelible imprint on our hearts — our jokes, our joy, our tenderness."

Farrell also shared his own tribute to the frontman on Friday, July 20, to mark the rocker's first death anniversary. On his own post on Instagram, he explained why he chose not to speak during the late singer's tribute concert last year.

"I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn't formulate the words to adequately express how I felt... I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I'd struggle to even be able to speak at all," he wrote.

He also attached a smiling photo of Bennington holding an acoustic guitar.

In October, months after Bennington's death, Linkin Park united onstage to honor their bandmate and friend. Other artists such as Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, Korn, Zedd, Yellowcard, Avenged Sevenfold, and more also took the stage at the event held at the Hollywood Bowl.

Bennington's wife, Talinda, also posted her own tribute to the father of six. On Twitter, she posted a photo of herself and her late husband on a beach.

Talinda has spent the past few months raising awareness around depression and suicide. She launched a campaign called #320ChangesDirection to help people who are struggling with mental health issues.

Public Memorials To Remember Chester Bennington

Fans from all around the world also joined the tribute to the late rock star on his first death anniversary. Fans have compiled all band-endorsed public memorials into a Google Docs file that contains dates and venues where events will be held.

There are a number of public memorials set to take place across North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. They also use the hashtag #LPMEMORIAL2018.

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