The music world lost yet another icon on Thursday with the sad news that Linkin Park’s powerhouse singer Chester Bennington had taken his own life at the age of just 41.
The tragic event occurred on what would have been the 53rd birthday of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, a great friend of Bonnington, and a man who died in similar circumstances earlier this year.
And in a similar way, the whole of the music world – from fellow rock bands to pop artists, and even the likes of Stormzy, who collaborated with the band on their most recent album One More Light – have come together to pay tribute to a gentle soul with an incredibly powerful voice, taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their memories and express their condolences.
RIP to Chester Bennington and my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the Linkin Park family. Truly unique, humble frontman.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 21, 2017
So shocked and saddened by the news of Chester Bennington's passing. I remember the first time I met Chester. I was in a bad mood backstage and he came into the dressing room and lifted my spirits before I took the stage. Working with Chester and Linkin Park on the song 'Rebellion' was some of the most fun I've had collaborating with another artist. They made me feel right at home when I joined them on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Forum. Our hearts go out to Linkin Park and to Chester's family. Chester Bennington will be missed. -Daron Malakian
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I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
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Rest in Peace Chester Bennington x— Biffy Clyro (@BiffyClyro) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Our thoughts are with Chester Bennington's family & all of Linkin Park at this remarkably difficult time. A voice of a generation. X— You Me At Six (@youmeatsix) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
And, of course, it wasn’t just musicians loved the work of Bennington...
"A Thousand Suns" got me through a horribly dark time. I'm indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 20, 2017