READ: Chester Bennington’s Moving Letter to Chris Cornell

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When his close friend, Chris Cornell, died of suicide, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington penned Cornell a letter. It was heartbreaking to read then, but it’s even more heartbreaking to read now that Bennington has also taken his own life.

Cornell and Bennington were intertwined; they were musical geniuses prized for their vocals. Bennington was the godfather to one of Cornell’s children. They sang together. They were both tortured souls who poured angst into their haunting music. When Cornell died, Bennington was chosen to sing “Hallelujah” at his friend’s funeral.

Bennington committed suicide on Cornell’s birthday.

Bennington’s letter to Cornell was raw and poignant. He posted the letter on his social media sites in May, when Cornell took his own life in a Detroit hotel room. It read:

Dear Chris,

I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife’s face. She told me my friend has just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video of you singing ‘A day in the life’ by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.

With all of my love.

Here’s the letter as it appeared on Bennington’s Twitter page.

Listen to Cornell singing “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles, the song that Bennington watched a video of his friend singing right before he wrote the letter:

Chris Cornell * A Day In The Life (Beatles Cover) Live HDChris Cornell introduce Cover "A Day In The Life" No poseo copyright de contenido y esta sujeto a las leyes correspondientes2012-05-28T00:32:41.000Z

Bennington leaves behind a wife and six children. Vicky Cornell, Chris’ wife, tweeted her heartbreak over the Linkin Park frontman’s death.

Here’s a photo of Chester Bennington singing at Chris Cornell’s funeral. Friends said he had never gotten over Cornell’s death.

GettyBrad Delson and Chester Bennington perform during funeral services for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

Listen to Bennington singing at Cornell’s funeral:

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Linkin Park dedicated the title track, One More Light, on its new album to Cornell.

Linkin Park – One More Light Live (Chris Cornell Tribute)Linkin Park's tribute to Chris Cornell death on Jimmy Kimmel show. Chester Bennington dedicated The song to his friend Chris Cornell. Rip Chris* Rip Chester* "One More Light" Should've stayed, were there signs, I ignored? Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore? We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep There are things that we can have, but can't keep If they say Who cares if one more light goes out In the sky of a million stars It flickers, flickers Who cares when someone's time runs out If a moment is all we are Or quicker, quicker Who cares if one more light goes out Well I do The reminders, pull the floor from your feet In the kitchen, one more chair than you need, oh And you're angry, and you should be, it's not fair Just 'cause you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there If they say Who cares if one more light goes out In the sky of a million stars It flickers, flickers Who cares when someone's time runs out If a moment is all we are Or quicker, quicker Who cares if one more light goes out Well I do Who cares if one more light goes out In the sky of a million stars It flickers, flickers Who cares when someone's time runs out If a moment is all we are Or quicker, quicker Who cares if one more light goes out Well I do Well I do #LinkinPark #MakeChesterProud2017-05-19T15:10:49.000Z

Cornell and Bennington performed together.

Chris Cornell {feat. Chester Bennington} – Hunger Strike HDChris Cornell {feat. Chester Bennington} – Hunger Strike HD2010-03-29T22:24:22.000Z

You can read more about Bennington’s friendship with Chris Cornell here: