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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington passed away on July 20, 2017, at the age of 41. One year later, his bandmates posted a remembrance of “our brother Chester.”
The Instagram post features of photo of Bennington singing to fans, and a caption that acknowledges the “surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition” felt over the last year. The post also includes the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Linkin Park bassist Dave Farrell posted his own tribute on Instagram, and opened up about how he dealt with Bennington’s death: “I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me.”
Chester, In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed. Be Well My Friend, Dave
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After his death, Bennington’s wife Talinda started 320 Changes Direction, an organization to help “streamline access” to mental health programs and offer counseling services. Their 12-year-old son Tyler has also been an advocate for mental health on Twitter.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.