Linkin Park members open up for first time since lead singer’s suicide

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The music world was rocked Thursday when the news came down that Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington had committed suicide. 

In an open letter to the deceased singer, his bandmates acknowledged they knew that Bennington’s “demons” were always “part of the deal.”

“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,” the letter begins. “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.”

Bennington’s suicide was discovered Thursday morning when he was found hanging at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. He was 41 years old.

“Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing,” the letter continues. “We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human.”

Linkin Park had a great run as a band, producing seven albums and selling over 70 million in total worldwide. The band’s first and most popular studio album, “Hybrid Theory,” sold more than 10 million copies in the United States and 27 million globally.

The remaining members have concluded they aren’t certain yet about the future of the band.

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