Chester Bennington’s Widow Shared A Picture Of Him Days Before His Suicide And Now I’m Sad Again

It’s been 49 days since Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life at his Palos Verdes estate. The 41-year-old struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life and even contemplated suicide in the past after dealing with demons birthed by sexual abuse as a child.

Bennington left behind his wife, Talinda, and six children. Talinda, who married the late Linkin Park singer in 2006, has prioritized raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention after the death of her husband of 12 years.

In that spirit, Talinda posted a photo of Chester and their children just days before he hanged himself, proving that depression has no face.

After an eight day silence following Chester’s passing, Talinda expressed how integral the Linkin Park frontman was in her life.

“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.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch YouTube videos of puppies taking baths to make myself feel whole again.

[h/t Some eCards]

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