Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s suicide has devastated loved ones, fans, and fellow musicians. Bennington, 41, took his own life on the birthday of his close friend, Chris Cornell. He left behind a wife, Talinda, and six children.
Bennington sang the song, “Hallelujah,” at Cornell’s funeral. He was also the godfather to one of the Soundgarden great’s children. Here’s a photo of Bennington performing at Cornell’s funeral.
Here’s another photo of Bennington at Cornell’s funeral.
The Linkin Park frontman leaves behind a large grieving family.
Bennington was married to his wife, Talinda Bentley, since 2006.
She frequently praised him on Twitter, calling him a wonderful father and husband.
Chester was even known to make Thanksgiving Dinner.
Talinda and Bennington both frequently posted photos of their family on social media.
They each also regularly posted photos of themselves posing as a couple and described their love for one another.
Talinda’s and Chester’s social media photos showcased a loving family. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda confirmed Bennington’s death, writing on Twitter: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Bennington was the rock band’s lead singer.
Chester and Talinda had three children together, and Chester had three other children as well with his first wife and another woman.
Talinda also posted a moving note Chester’s son left his dad.
“Happy Father’s Day to the man of my dreams❤️ You are the best Daddy ever!!” she wrote with one post on Twitter.
Chester apparently liked to play Pokemon.
Many fans remember Bennington from his stage performances and for his haunting voice.
This was Bennington’s final Instagram post:
His friendship with Cornell was profound. “Thoughts of you flooded my mind, and I wept,” he wrote in a letter to Cornell after Cornell’s May 2017 suicide. “You have inspired me in many ways you never could have known…I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life.”
Talinda is a former Playboy model. Bennington and Talinda had three children together: Tyler Lee and twin daughters, Lily and Lila Bennington.
Bennington and first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, had a child together in 2002 named Draven Sebastian Bennington.
Chester also had son Jamie Bennington in 1996 with Elka Brand and also adopted Brand’s son, Isaiah.
Bennington was married to Talinda at the time of his death.
Bennington frequently posted poetry on Instagram.
He wrote poems about his wife, Talinda. “Her eyes are like the arrows shot by cupid’s bow,” one starts.
Bennington also posted photos of his artwork on Instagram.
He had a sense of humor:
The couple seemed very close.
On Instagram, he gave fans a look into his life.
Bennington was found dead in a Los Angeles estate on July 20. According to TMZ, “the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 a.m.”
“Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. We’re told his family was out of town and he was found upstairs by an employee,” the entertainment site added.
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