Chris Cornell Remembered by His Friend, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

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When Chris Cornell toured with Linkin Park in 2007 and 2008, Chester Bennington, that band’s singer, would join Cornell for a version of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike,” and Cornell would join Linkin Park for their hit “Crawling.” Cornell and Bennington were friends offstage as well. Here, Bennington remembers Cornell, who  died by suicide Thursday morning.

Dear Chris,

I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife’s face. She told me my friend has just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.   I just watched a video of you singing ‘ A day in the life ‘ by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.

With all of my love.

Your friend,

Chester Bennington


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    1. Paty says:

      Rest in peace, Chris and Chester. We love you.

    2. renee says:

      Bennington admitted to being abused as a child by an older male. Never got over it. Also, drugs and alcohol addictions. Bad mix…

    3. Michelle Ann says:

      This is heartbreaking – the grief must have been too much for him for he has now done the same thing. JUST WHY? So sad.

      • Annie says:

        I know the grief may have been tough for him, but what about his OWN family? Imagine the grief and pain they must be going through, right now. Its just so sad.

    4. Ian James Adams says:

      Who cares if one more light goes out?
      I do

    5. loco73 says:

      RIP Chris…a thought and a prayer for his family and friends

    6. Chris says:

      Why does the story keep changing? 1st they said he was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Then the band around the neck. Then he hung himself? Which was it?

    7. Chris says:

      Why would he kill himself? They’re considering it Suicide. What the hell?! I just saw this dude’s latest music video in the gym last week! Burden in my hand is such a great song! I am the highway is such a great song! Black hole sun is great. Hunger strike is a classic. Why the hell did he die?! Was he dealing with cancer?

    8. Dmitry Owens says:

      I’m not a fan of Chester or Linkin Park, but that was beautiful. R.I.P. to an amazing singer/songwriter and a great human.

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