TORONTO 1 August 2017: Chester Bennington’s family, friends, band mates and other musicians gathered at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes, California Saturday to pay their respects to the singer at a private funeral, more than a week after he took his own life.
On July 20, the 41-year-old Linkin Park lead singer’s body was found in his home, located in the upscale coastal community, located south of Los Angeles. The county coroner’s office determined the cause of his death to be suicide by hanging.
According to TMZ, a couple hundred people attended the service, which featured a full stage, including a drum kit, for musical tributes. Bennington’s final resting place was not revealed.
Eight days after Bennington’s death, his widow issued a statement, saying, “One week ago, I lost my soul mate 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,” she said. “My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”
Chester is survived by wife Talinda Bennington, their son Tyler and twin daughters Lilly and Lila and his three children from previous relationships.
By Divi Chan