Chester Bennington’s widow breaks silence on singer's suicide

Talinda Bennington said her late husband is now “pain-free” after taking his own life.

The widow of the Linkin Park front man, Chester Bennington, who committed suicide last week, has broken her silence on the tragic loss, questioning how she is supposed to move on after his death.

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Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (r.) and wife Talinda Ann Bentley.

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“One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero — their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy,” Talinda said in a statement.

“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. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.”

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The 41-year-old vocalist had spoken openly about the struggles he faced and had even mentioned his thoughts of suicide in the past.

His lyrics showed his dark side and after giving an interview just months before his death about trying to put his troubled past behind him and overcome depression, Bennington ultimately took his own life on his dear friend Chris Cornell’s birthday — shortly after Cornell committed suicide.

“He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain free, singing his songs in all of our hearts,” Talinda continued. “May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”

Chester and Talinda married in 2017 and had three children together. The rocker also had three other children from previous relationships.

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Musician Chester Bennington (c.), wife Talinda Bentley (l.) and children at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards.

Musician Chester Bennington (c.), wife Talinda Bentley (l.) and children at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards.

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Bennington was found dead after having hanged himself between a bedroom and bathroom door in his Palos Verdes Estates home in L.A. on July 20.

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