Linkin Park Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington by Launching Suicide-Prevention Site


Linkin Park Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington by Launching Suicide-Prevention Site


The site, chester.linkinpark.com, features #RIPCHESTER, and lists contact numbers and sites for suicide prevention information.
In the wake of Chester Bennington's tragic death, Linkin Park has set up a suicide-prevention web page. The band launched chester.linkinpark.com on Saturday, July 22, featuring a picture of the late vocalist performing onstage while surrounded by fans, with the hashtag #RIPCHESTER below it.

It's followed by a message which reads, "In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources:..." It lists contact numbers and sites for suicide prevention information. The site also features an area that displays messages from fans who pay tribute to Chester.

Chester was found dead Thursday at his home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His death was ruled suicide by handing. He died at 41 on what would have been his close friend Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. The Soundgarden / Audioslave frontman also committed suicide by hanging himself in May. Both rockers had struggled with substance abuse throughout their lives.

Following Chester's death, Blink-182 has announced that their "Welcome to Blinkin Park" co-headlining tour with Linkin Park is canceled. The mini-tour was set to begin on July 28 at Flushing, New York.

"Blink-182 is wrecked by the loss of our friend and amazing musician Chester Bennington. We could never imagine playing 'Blinkin Park' without his incredible talent and voice. It just would not be possible," the band says in a statement. "We send our deepest sympathies to his family, bandmates, friends and fans. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase."

Previously, Linkin Park canceled the rest of its "One More Light World Tour" after news of Chester's passing broke. The group had traveled across South America and Europe for the tour, and the North American leg was initially set to kick off on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Fellow rocker Jared Leto paid tribute to Chester on Saturday by posting a photo of the late singer and writing, "When I think of Chester I remember his smile, his laughter, his intelligence, kindness and talent. That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once - delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion."

"Witnessing his life taught me a lot. Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, and the pursuit and achievement of dreams and mostly, about love. I know that both his family and his band were a massive source of inspiration and pride for him. It was clear to me that he was deeply grateful for both the people that surrounded him and the life that he had," the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman continued. "My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend. We will miss you."



Gavin Rossdale, meanwhile, remembered Chester during his band Bush's show in Hammond, Indiana on Thursday night. "What's so f***ed up is, the last time I'd seen him was at Chris Cornell's funeral, when he sang there," Gavin said. "I don't know what's going on. It's a bad scene. Just thinking of his family, the people around him who love him... It's so very sad. It's impossible to know anything about that situation. It's impossible-it's between him and himself."




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