Chester Bennington’s family continues to grapple with the loss of the late Linkin Park singer.
“One week ago, I lost my soul mate and my children lost their hero—their Daddy. 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,” Talinda said.
“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. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”
The 41-year-old singer “was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts,” she said. “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.”
Chester and Talinda, a former Playboy model, wed back in 2005, and share three children. The “In The End” singer also has three more children from previous relationships.
Talinda’s statement comes just days after Chester’s bandmates — Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda – shared an open letter on Facebook about the loss of their band’s frontman.
“The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened,” they wrote. “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. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
“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 band added.
“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,” they continued.
“You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve. Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”
Following the singer’s death, Linkin Park canceled their scheduled summer tour.
Chester admittedly struggled with depression and substance abuse throughout his life.
The frontman also appeared to be deeply impacted by the loss of his friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May, as Chester died on what would have been Chris’s 53rd birthday.
If you or someone you know needs help or is struggling with depression please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).