Family, Friends Mourn the Loss of Chester Bennington in Private Ceremony

    The Linkin Park frontman has inspired tributes throughout the world

    Photo: Kristina Servant

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was laid to rest in a private service on Saturday, July 29, at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Bennington was a resident of Palos Verdes.

    In attendance were friends and family that numbered over 500, including band mates from Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots (Bennington joined as lead singer in 2013) and Dead By Sunrise.

    Several people close with Bennington delivered eulogies including Linkin Park band mates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn. The service was led by KROQ DJ Ted Stryker, who has had a close relationship with the band over the years, which he has documented on his Tumblr.

    Members of Kings of Chaos and Stone Temple Pilots joined up to perform “Amazing Grace.”

    Service attendees received mementos that included pins embossed with Bennington’s signature and lanyards with VIP passes like those handed out at Linkin Park shows.

    The service today was beautiful. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester. For everything ❤❤❤

    A post shared by Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) on

    Fans, family and former band members continue to grieve the late singer’s death with tributes all across social media.

    Julien-K & Dead By Sunrise stand with @linkinpark & the Bennington family as we go to honor our sweetest and dearest…

    Posted by Julien-K on Saturday, July 29, 2017

    His widow, Talinda Ann Bentley, shared a statement last week that read, “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. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul?”

    According to a press release via Warner Bros. Records, Linkin Park’s label, fans have assembled over 300 public memorials throughout the world, including 25 American states. An impressive fan-created spreadsheet of memorials worldwide can be found here.

    In Cincinnati, where the band was supposed to perform on August 12 before Bennington’s suicide on July 20, The Riverbed Music Center will still have a tribute ceremony for Linkin Park.

    The venue’s Facebook page reads, in part, “Linkin Park is a unique band, with an equally unique fan base. We thrive on love, we proudly call ourselves the Linkin Park Soldiers. We are an army, we are strong, and we are strongest when we stand together.

    We are uniting with a petition for Suicide Awareness, and together we will celebrate a life and letting others know that they are not alone. Linkin Park created a sense of community among its fans, and we want to open our arms to you, whether you were a fan or not. Help us remember an amazing humanitarian and spread awareness for a cause so many of us struggle with. Come join our family.”

    All of the proceeds collected at this event will go to Bennington’s Music for Relief Fund (now called the One More Light Fund) created by Linkin Park, which advocates suicide awareness and prevention.