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Linkin Park Posted A Heartbreaking Statement About Chester Bennington On Facebook

"Our hearts are broken."

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Understandably, his fellow bandmates were as shocked as all of us were about the tragic news and did not immediately release a statement about Bennington's death.

Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.

Earlier today, however, the surviving members of Linkin Park took to the band's Facebook page to share a touching tribute to Bennington:

Dear Chester,
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.
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. 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. 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.
Until we see you again,
LP

Shortly after the Facebook post went up, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park shared the first photo the band ever took together (around 1997 or 1998) on his Instagram — which shows not just how long the band has been around, but how far back the bandmates' friendship went.

Instagram: @m_shinoda

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