Today, July 20, 2019, marks the second anniversary of Chester Bennington’s tragic death.
Many of the Linkin Park rocker’s fans and loved ones took to social media to remember him on Saturday. His former bandmates were among many who showed their love.
On their official Instagram page, they posted the photo of the group smiling, with the caption, “Remembering Chester today. Feel free to share your favorite moment of Chester / LP in the comments below.”
As readers know, Bennington died by suicide in his Palos Verdes, California, home on July 20, 2017 at just 41 years old.
His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. Radar later exclusively reported MDMA (ecstasy) was in his system at the time of his death.
The Linkin Park frontman, as fans know, struggled with drug abuse, suicide attempts and depression.
At the scene of the death, his wife Talinda told cops in 2006 he left the house with a gun after a drinking bender. She also noted Bennington, who was reportedly six months sober, hadn’t taken his prescribed antidepressants in over a year but was currently in an outpatient treatment program.
The rock star had also forshadowed his suicide in his last interview before he passed.
“I came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘I can either just give up and f*****g die or I can f*****g fight for what I want. I chose to fight for what I wanted. I wanted to have good relationships. I wanted to love the people in my life. I wanted to enjoy my job,” he said. “I wanted to enjoy being a dad and having friends and just getting up in the morning. Because that was a struggle for me.”
Following Bennington’s death, Radar exclusively reported there is a battle over the rights to his music. Talinda, who had five children with the star, and his first wife Samantha who said he missed out on child support payments for their children, have filed a claim over the estate. The fight could reportedly take a year to be settled.
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July 20th marked the second anniversary of Chester Bennington’s sudden death.
The Linkin Park frontmen’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
He had reportedly been distraught over how his best friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, killed himself by hanging in May 2017.
Bennington died on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
On the second anniversary of his death, Bennington's mother Susan recalled his last moments.
“The last kiss I ever got from my wonderful boy!” she tweeted a photo of the two sharing a kiss.
Celebration Of Life
She also encouraged everyone to celebrate her son’s life.
“There are no words to explain how much I miss him! I want us to all celebrate his life today! She wrote. “Love you all! Please take care and celebrate Chester’s life today! He would want us to celebrate!”
The rock star's fans took her advice, sharing tweets of appreciation for his work.
Praise And Love
"Can’t believe it’s already been two years since Chester died. Still such a shock! Your music continues to save people every day!" one fan wrote. "R.I.P."
"Your band introduced me to music but you were more than just a mere singer. During my darkest days, your songs helped me to keep pressing on," added another fan. "It has been 2 years since your light was snuffed out and yet I still miss you. At least, I hope you're resting well."
As Radar reported, following his death two years ago, his wife Talinda also reacted to his loss.
“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,” she shared in a statement via Twitter.
“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,” she said.
Bennington is survived by his wife and six children, three of whom he shares with Talinda.