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Chester Bennington's Wife Releases Statement Following His Suicide

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On Friday, Talinda Bennington, wife of Chester Bennington, the lead singer for Linkin Park, shared a statement regarding her husband’s death. Last Thursday, the singer died by suicide, he was 41.

“One week ago today, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy,” Bennington shared via Twitter. “We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy.”

In her post, Bennington, describing her grief, asks how she is supposed to move on.

How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.

Bennington also used her post to remind others of the importance of reaching out for help. “May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so,” she said. “Now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts.”

Earlier this week, Chester Bennington’s bandmates shared an open letter on Facebook, grieving the loss of their bandmate and friend.

“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,” they wrote, adding:

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.

You can read Talinda Bennington’s full statement here

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HOME” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via Talinda Bennington’s Twitter.

Originally published: July 28, 2017
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