Sunday, July 30, 2017

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington laid to rest in private ceremony

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was laid to rest in private ceremony near his home in Palos Verdes, CA on July 29.

Bennington died of suicide by hanging at his residence early on the morning of July 20.

TMZ reports the rocker’s family and closest friends gathered for a private funeral service Saturday afternoon at South Coast Botanic Garden, with many of the guests musicians who'd played or toured with Bennington and Linkin Park.

A full stage, including a drum kit, was set up for musical tributes to be performed.

Bennington’s family decided to have a private funeral as opposed to a public one for fans, and security was reportedly tight.

All attendees were given memorial wrist bands and an access pass, similar to most concert VIP passes.

A former member if the band Of Mice And Men, Austin Carlile, shared an image of the memorial pass, writing, "The service today was beautiful. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester. For everything."

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda, and six children.

The day before the service, Talinda released a statement thanking fans for their support as she and her family continue to process the events that took her husband’s life.

"One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy," she wrote via Twitter. "We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. 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,”
she continued. “And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. And now he is pain-free, singing his songs in all of our hearts.

"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. Rest in peace, my love."

Linkin Park recently launched a tribute website to their fallen bandmate with links to suicide prevention resources in case fans, or someone they know, needs support during a time of crisis.

Visit the #RIPChester website here.

The service today was beautiful. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester. For everything ❤❤❤

A post shared by Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) on

See also:

Linkin Park: Chester Bennington’s widow thanks fans for support
Linkin Park pen open letter to late singer Chester Bennington
Linkin Park cancel North American tour following singer’s death
Linkin Park: Chester Bennington cause of death confirmed
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