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Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Remembered by Hollywood: ‘Shocked and Heartbroken’

Hollywood mourned the loss of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, following the singer’s death by suicide on Thursday morning. Musicians and actors alike took to social media to offer condolences and spread mental health awareness.

Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on Twitter. “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” he penned. “An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul,” CEO and chairman of Warner Bros. Records Cameron Strang penned in a statement to Variety. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends.  All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed.”

Kevin Weatherly, senior vice president of programming at CBS Radio and KROQ program director, wrote in a statement to Variety, “On behalf of everyone at KROQ, I would like to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Chester Bennington’s family, friends and Linkin Park band mates. KROQ, Chester and Linkin Park have been together since day 1, and our long history extends beyond the music. Chester and Linkin Park headlined many of our shows over the years, entertaining audiences and pushing the boundaries of music along the way. We are without words to describe how terribly saddened we are today. RIP friend, KROQ will miss you.”

“Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show,” Jimmy Kimmel wrote quickly after the news broke. “My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.”

OneRepublic shared, “Massive R.I.P. to Chester Bennington of [Linkin Park]. This breaks our heart. Suicide is the devil on Earth walking amongst us.”

“Tragic ending,” Chance the Rapper penned. “Condolences his friends and family and Linkin Park.”

Imagine Dragons shared, “No words. So heartbroken.”

Rihanna posted a photo on Instagram writing, “Literally the most impressive talent I’ve ever seen live! Vocal beast!”

“We can never know someone’s pain,” wrote Kiss band member Paul Stanley. “Prayers to his family on this tragedy. If you need help, reach out.”

“This feels like a kick in the chest,” Gabourey Sidibe wrote. “‘My December’ has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.”

Radio personality Elvis Duran shared a photo of the two, captioning it, “Seeming to be happy is never enough.”

Chrissy Metz wrote, “Sending you peace, light and love on your transition. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.”

“Saddened to learn about the passing of the talented Chester Bennington from Linkin Park,” actress Ashley Greene said. “My heart breaks for his family and children.”

“So sad to hear about [Chester Bennington] suicide,” Keegan Allen said. “His voice and talent will not be forgotten.”

Nikki Sixx reminisced on a recent conversation with Bennington, writing, “I am in tears. Chester just told me how happy he was. He was such a sweet and talented man. I feel so sad for his family, band mates, and fans.”

“We lost another legend,” rapper Juicy J wrote. “Prayers up for the family so sad.”

Director Joss Whedon shared, “‘A Thousand Suns’ got me through a horribly dark time. I’m indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here.”

Machine Gun Kelly, who was set to go on a North American tour with Linkin Park starting July 27 and into the fall, wrote, “Music will never be the same without you. I’m honored to have shared these moments.”

“My dear, dear friend, I’m so broken from this loss,” Steve Aoki captioned an Instagram photo. “A dream come true to work with you, talk with you, learn from you. You are a legend. You are my hero. You are the GOAT, an absolute beautiful human being, and I’m so honored to have experienced those moments with you. Forever in my heart my brother.”

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