Chester Bennington was finally laid to rest on Saturday at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and his family, friends, the rest of Linkin Park and other musicians gathered to pay their last respects to the powerful vocalist who took his own life last week.
Amongst the other artistes and Bennington’s music industry colleagues present at the funeral include Justine Carlile of Of Mice and Men, who posted a photo on Instagram of the funeral passes that were made to look like VIP passes, members of Dead by Sunrise, Julien-K and Blackbear.
A few hundred people also attended the service, which showcased a full stage, plus a drum kit for musical tributes. A few days ago, Chester’s widow wife Talinda Bennington also broke her silence on his death:
“One week ago, I lost my soul mate 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.”
“I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well,” she said. “My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”
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One week. Feels like forever. I’m here for a couple updates. I know these links aren’t clickable. Just type them out in your browser; they're easy to remember. 1.) If you need a (local) place to celebrate Chester, look to tiny.cc/lpmemorial and all the amazing fan sites I’ve previously mentioned. 2.) If you’re having suicidal thoughts, go to chester.linkinpark.com 3.) If you’re going to buy merch in honor of Chester, consider who the purchase benefits. Don’t give money to scumbag bootleggers and opportunists. Linkin Park official merchandise is at store.linkinpark.com 4.) If you want to donate in honor of Chester, do it at musicforrelief.org 5.) Brad, Joe, Rob, Dave, and I love you all very much. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
August 18: Kuala Lumpur (tribute concert)
August 20: Sarawak (Remembering Chester, One More Light)
September 17: Info coming shortly
— Linkin Park Malaysia (@LinkinParkMsia) July 28, 2017
For more updates on Chester Bennington’s memorial here in Malaysia, access the full list here or follow the official Malaysian Linkin Park fan club on Twitter.