Linkin Park pays tribute to Chester Bennington one year after his death

Not letting his memory fade away. On the one-year anniversary of the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, the band paid tribute to the late singer in a heartfelt Twitter post.

“To our brother Chester,” the emotional tweet began on Friday, July 20. “It had been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it still feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts — our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.”

The band concluded the post: “Eternally grateful for the love, life and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than we can express.”

The rock group signed the tweet with all of their initials, along with a call-out for the suicide prevention hotline lifeline. Bennington died by suicide at the age of 41.

Band bassist Dave Phoenix Farrell also honored the vocalist in a lengthy post on Instagram. “In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here,” he wrote alongside a photo of Bennington smiling.

Farrell continued the post explaining why he “chose not to speak” at Bennington’s memorial. “I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt,” he wrote. “I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. Today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed.”

Bennington was found dead by hanging at his home in Palos Verdes Estates by an employee. He leaves behind his wife, Talinda, who he shared twin daughters, Lila and Lily, 6, and son Tyler, 12. He is also father to three adult children.

Talinda reflected on the passing of her husband on July 20, in a tweet that simply read, “R.I.P. my love,” alongside an interview with Fox 11 in Los Angeles. “It’s the re-traumatization” she told the outlet of the anniversary. “That day is so seared in my mind.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda Ann Bentley arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Musician Chester Bennington, son Tyler Lee Bennington, and wife Talinda Ann Bentley attend the 2013 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert honoring Chester Bennington and Tony Alva at Club Nokia on May 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Chester Bennington and his wife Talinda Bentley attend a game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Musician Chester Bennington (L) and wife Talinda Bentley of the band Linkin Park arrive at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
March 28, 2009 Westwood, Ca.; Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, wife Talinda Bentley and children; Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kid's Choice Awards; Held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Chester Bennington (L) and Talinda Bentley (R) attend InTouch Weekly's ICONS+IDOLS Post-VMA Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Chester Bennington (R) and his wife Talinda Bentley (L) attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs Seattle Supersonics at the Staples Center on March 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Chester Bennington from the band Linkin Park and wife Talinda Bennington pose at Linkin Park's release party for 'Minutes To Midnight' at Marc Ecko's Cut & Sew Showroom on May 11, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda Bennington (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Talinda Bennington and Chester Bennington (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda Bennington (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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