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  /  07.28.2017

How does one move on after the death of a loved one. That’s a sentiment that unfortunately mirrors Talinda Bennington, the wife of the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who passed away last week after an apparent suicide. He was 41. In her first public statement since then, Talinda Bennington issued a heartfelt, poignant note about her husband and called for fans to extend love and support.

Read the full statement below:

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. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his 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. 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.

Always,

Mrs. Talinda Bennington

Chester was found dead in his Los Angeles County home last Thursday. The LA County Coroner’s office has since confirmed that the Linkin Park singer died by suicide. In the aftermath of his passing, friends and fellow musicians have expressed their grief on social media. Last week, Run the Jewels dedicated a set to the singer, and earlier this week Bennington’s group Linkin Park issued a heartfelt statement .

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