LOS ANGELES – This past weekend, family and close friends celebrated the life of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington at a private service in Los Angeles, while fans worldwide organized over 300 band-endorsed memorials to pay homage to his legacy.
On Saturday July 29, the private service at South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Estates hosted more than 500 family members and close friends—including not only his Linkin Park bandmates but countless musicians with whom he has shared the stage alongside over the past two decades. Ted Stryker of KROQ led the service. Chester's Stone Temple Pilots bandmates Robert & Dean DeLeo, Kings of Chaos drummer Matt Sorum, Damon Fox, and Jimmy Gnecco teamed up for a powerful and poignant rendition of "Amazing Grace." Ryan Shuck—who comprised Dead By Sunrise with Chester—and Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn were among the friends that gave heartfelt eulogies.
The outpouring of support from the Linkin Park community continues to echo around the globe just as loudly as the frontman's immortal voice does. One fan started a Google Doc, collating and collecting all of the global memorials to share with other fans around the world. From Africa and Asia to across Europe, Oceania, and South America, LP Ambassadors and fan sites honored Chester's memory with their own touching tributes. Throughout these countries, thousands have created artwork, videos, social media posts, and more about the singer, honoring him forever.
Music For Relief, the non-profit organization Linkin Park founded in 2005, has launched the One More Light Fund in honor of Chester Bennington. Donations can be made at www.musicforrelief.org. In addition, the band shared the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.