On July 20th, Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington died. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The band had released a music video for their single "Talking to Myself" earlier that day. One week after the death of Chester, his widow Talinda Bennington broke the silence and spoke about her feelings after her husband's death.
The 40-year-old model has been married to the 41-year-old rocker for 12 years. She says though she's feeling the overwhelming amount of love and support from fans, it doesn't change the weight of her loss. "One week ago, I lost my soulmate 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."
His widow says she's confident that his fans, friends and family will keep Chester's memory alive. "He 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 closed with a word of support and encouragement to everyone hearing her cry: "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."
One day after Bennington's death, the band canceled the North American leg of their One More Light Tour. Bennington's funeral was held at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California on July 29. In addition to his family members and close friends, many musicians who toured or played with Linkin Park were also in attendance. The service also included a full stage for musical tributes.