While the whole world is in absolute shock and uttermost disbelief after news of Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington’s apparent suicide surfaced the internet it’s even more melancholic to gulp in the fact that Chester decided to end his life on Chris Cornell’s birthday, the Soundgarden vocalist who committed suicide in May.
The Linkin Park vocalist was extremely close with Cornell as he was also the godfather to his children.
Cornell was found dead on May 18 just after giving an impeccable performance with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan which turned to be his last.
Chester at his funeral performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” which was followed by a farewell message in the form of an open letter.
“You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known,” Chester was quoted in his letter.
“Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that,” he concluded.
Yesterday was Cornell’s 53rd birthday, a day on which Chester Bennington chose to follow his trail by ending his life and cutting short to an illustrious career which began with Linkin Park in 1998.
Bennington was found dead at his Palos Verdes residence and is survived by 6 children.
The 41-year-old consistently battled drug and alcohol addictions.
His bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of his tragic death on Twitter which was followed by the condolences from all musicians and celebrities.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.” – Chester Bennington. Rest easy sir. pic.twitter.com/RLhmf0UR0B
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) July 20, 2017
My dear dear friend I’m so broken from this loss. A dream come true to work with you talk with you learn from you. Forever in my heart. pic.twitter.com/BbEGZfIZBP
— Kolony July 21 (@steveaoki) July 20, 2017
Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017