Chester Bennington's Friends & Peers Pay Tribute To Late Singer

By David Konow 07/26/17

News of the beloved rocker's death was met with a wave of tributes from bandmates, peers, fans and friends.

a public memorial for Chester Bennington

On July 20th, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 41. Since then, emotional tributes have been rolling in from friends, family and his peers.

A well-respected musician among his fellow rockers, many have spoken out in the wake of Bennington’s death, expressing their sadness and disbelief at the loss of their friend. 

On Tuesday, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit spoke to Variety about Chester. “I can say so many wonderful things about the Chester I knew. He had a way of making anyone he spoke to feel heard, understood and significant. His aura and spirit were contagious and empowering. Often those types of people have so much pain and torture inside that the last thing they want is to contaminate or break the spirit of others.”

Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto, whose band 30 Seconds to Mars once toured with Linkin Park, took to Twitter to pay tribute:

"When I think of Chester I remember his smile… Witnessing his life taught me a lot. Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, about 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. My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend."

On Instagram, music producer Pharrell shared a picture of Bennington with the caption, "Chester... You and the guys all influenced an entire generation. You went so hard and set so many kids free of their environments and situations. You let NERD open for you in Germany, we'll never forget that show; YOU CRUSHED IT. The last time I saw you, you gave us chills. Your essence is amongst the stars. Rest now."

Gavin Rossdale of Bush, the hip hop group Run The Jewels, and Aaron Lewis of Staind paid tribute to the late singer during their recent shows.

In a statement sent to Billboard, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, who also toured with Linkin Park, said, “Chester’s passing came to me as a total shock. We were all together just recently in collective mourning of Chris Cornell, and we all watched Chester sing a heartfelt ‘Hallelujah’ in respect to him…which makes this situation even all the more shocking. Mental health is one of the most difficult things to assess in people, and even more tricky to bring up to someone in discussion in any serious manner. We need to try harder. I can only think of Chester’s sorrow, and hope for the well-being of his children, family, band and friends. Sending my genuine love and support to all of them.”

Cornell, who sang for Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away on May 17th at the age of 52. Bennington died on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

In the wake of Bennington’s death, his band Linkin Park has set up a tribute site to the fallen singer where fans can pay their respects. The site also features the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), as well as its text message service (text HELLO to 741741.) They can also be reached via message at

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) released a statement in the wake of Bennington’s death that read, in part, “There is never a single cause for suicide. Suicide is the result of many factors that come together such as an underlying mental health condition and access to lethal means. We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, common risks and warning signs, and effective interventions and treatments.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.