Linkin Park writes heartfelt tribute to Chester Bennington

On Monday morning, Linkin Park issued a heartfelt tribute to their singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on Thursday. The statement follows in full:

Dear Chester,
Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during the band's 'One More Light' album release party at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 12: Singer Chester Bennington of the American band Linkin Park performs live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on June 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during the band's 'One More Light' album release party at the iHeartRadio Theater on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Singer Chester Bennington of the American band Linkin Park performs live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on June 12, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
Lead vocalist of Linkin Park Chester Bennington performs with Stone Temple Pilots at 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles, California May 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park arrive on the red carpet at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES)(BILLBOARD-ARRIVALS)
Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Lead vocalist of rock band Linkin Park Chester Bennington shows his hand covered in cement as the band is inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Los Angeles, California June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Singer Chester Bennington is interviewed backstage during Night 1 of KROQ's Acoustic Christmas at Gibson Amphitheatre on December 8, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the KROQ's Acoustic Christmas held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on December 8, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 5: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at Live 105's BFD 2011 at Shoreline Amphitheater on June 5, 2010 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Vocalist Chester Bennington of US band Linkin Park performs on stage during a concert in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Linkin Park In Concert At The O2 Arena, London, Britain - 11 Nov 2010, Linkin Park - Chester Bennington (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer Chester Bennington of the rock band Linkin Park visits SIRIUS XM Studio on September 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Chester Bennington and Joseph Han of Linkin Park poses in the press room at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs as part of the Projekt Revolution Tour 2008 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park live in concert on the Projekt Revolution 2008 tour at Cruzan Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida, August 1st 2008.; 48661 -; (Photo by Nigel Martin/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during 'ReAct Now: Music & Relief' Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert - Nashville at North Star Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for PMK / HBH)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Kanye West with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during LIVE 8 - Philadelphia - Rehearsals at Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Kanye West with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - FEBRUARY 3: Chester Bennington from Linkin Park poses in the pressroom at 'MTV Asia Aid', at the IMPACT Arena on February 3, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand. The fourth annual event was formerly called 'MTV Asia Awards' but has repositioned itself as an international benefit to support the relief effort following the Asian earthquake and tsunami. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 14: Chester Bennington of musical band Linkin Park, performs at KROQ's 2003 Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Universal Amphitheatre on December 14, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during The 2003 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Night One at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, winner for Favorite Alternative Music Artist (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Chester Bennington and Phoenix of Linkin Park, winners for Favorite Alternative Music Artist (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Chester Bennington from the group Linkin Park with the iRiver MP3 Player (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park during Summer Sanitarium 2003 Tour Opener in Detroit at Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
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Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.
Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.
Until we see you again,

LP

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Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞
Chester had 6 kids. If anyone out there thinks the world is better without you. You are so unspeakably wrong on every level. Get help plz
Crazy sad news about Chester Bennington.. #linkinpark #RIP If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, @800273TALK
I'm at a loss for words. Chester was not only one of my heroes, but he was one of my friends. He was one of the best dudes in music. RIP.
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.
So sad to hear about #chesterbennington suicide. His voice and talent will not be forgotten. #linkinpark https://t.co/yTXz0v3aFu
This is devastating. RIP Chester ❤
We lost another legend R.I.P. Chester Bennington of (linkin park) prayers up for the family so sad
RIP Chester Bennington. Linkin Park was a lot of peoples childhoods. The man was extremely talented and its so sad to hear about this :(
Chester it was truly a pleasure, thank you for sharing your greatness... #RIP #LinkinPark 🙏🏿
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
If you or someone you know is struggling, needs help, or just needs to talk, call 1-800-273-8255. So so sorry to hear about Chester.💔
Completely stunned to hear of Chester Bennington's passing. My heart is with his family and friends, what an absolutely tragic loss.
Absolutely devastated. His voice and band were such a huge, huge influence to me and so many growing up. RIP Chester https://t.co/553PYCJQwB
I'm so heartbroken to hear about Chester Bennington. We lost another legend =( #RIP
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