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Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled: Linkin Park on late singer Chester Bennington

In a long Facebook post, Linkin Park said it could never replace singer Chester Bennington after his suicide as the band acknowledged that his “demons” had fed his music.

music Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:26 IST
In this June 18, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs during the iHeartRadio Live Series in Burbank, Calif.
In this June 18, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs during the iHeartRadio Live Series in Burbank, Calif. (Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

After three days of shocked silence since Chester Bennington hanged himself, California metal band - Linkin Park - hailed the “outpouring of love and support” and said the chart-topping band’s future was uncertain

In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Chester Bennington, left, and Mike Shinoda of the band Linkin Park perform in concert during their Carnivores Tour 2014. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

In a long Facebook post, Linkin Park said it could never replace singer Bennington after his suicide as the band acknowledged that his “demons” had fed his music. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled -- a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing,” the band said in a statement.

Fans stick posters as they gather at Revolucion monument to pay tribute to Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman, following the singer's death by suicide, in Mexico City on July 23. (REUTERS)

“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

Bennington, 41, had been open about his struggles to overcome drug and alcohol abuse and low self-image, caused in part by being molested as a child.

The Arizona-born singer brought his raw rage into Linkin Park, which blended metal with pop song structure and rapping by guitarist and songwriter Mike Shinoda.

Fans gather at Revolucion monument to pay tribute to Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman, following the singer's death by suicide, in Mexico City, Mexico, July 23. (REUTERS)

A coroner’s report confirmed that Bennington committed suicide. An employee at his Los Angeles home found him hanging by a belt Thursday morning -- which would have been the birthday of his friend Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, another celebrated rock singer who recently killed himself.

Linkin Park had been due to start a tour a week later. In the statement, the band said that Bennington had been speaking about future plans together.

“While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much,” the statement said.

Linkin Park over the weekend set up a website dedicated to Bennington with tributes by fans and information for suicidal people who need help.

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