After news broke last week that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had committed suicide, everyone in the music industry was shocked, devastated and, as these types of unfortunate situations tend to do, left many searching for answers.
Much like his good friend and fellow rock legend Chris Cornell did just months prior, Bennington left us all too soon, hanging himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, as we reported last week when it first happened, via TMZ:
"Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male."
While the loss of Bennington will forever be felt by millions of fans, naturally, it's his friends and family members who have the most difficult time trying to cope with the realization that he's no longer with us.
For the first time since Chester Bennington's death, the remaining group members of Linkin Park have sent a message to their fallen lead singer, posting their words on their Facebook page — and they will absolutely make you feel such sadness.
As I mentioned, that hits hard, and is about as emotional and candid as it gets.
In addition to the Facebook post from the band, Mike Shinoda, co-founder of Linkin Park, took to Instagram to remember Chester Bennington, sharing the photo below with fans — which is believed to be the first picture taken of the band together in either 1997 or '98, according to Shinoda's caption.
To paraphrase Shinoda:
"I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college."
Given the sad circumstances and abruptness of Chester Bennington's suicide, the true emotions from those who knew him best are difficult to see to pay tribute to the fallen singer.
Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling and is contemplating hurting themselves or suicide, please seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.