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.”
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
“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.”
Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017
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.”
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞
— ONEREPUBLIC (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
“Tragic ending,” Chance the Rapper penned. “Condolences his friends and family and Linkin Park.”
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Imagine Dragons shared, “No words. So heartbroken.”
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
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.”
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 20, 2017
“This feels like a kick in the chest,” Gabourey Sidibe wrote. “‘My December’ has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.”
RIP Chester Bennington. This feels like a kick in the chest. My December has pulled me through many times. Depression is a real monster.
— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) July 20, 2017
Radio personality Elvis Duran shared a photo of the two, captioning it, “Seeming to be happy is never enough.”
— Elvis Duran (@elvisduran) July 20, 2017
Chrissy Metz wrote, “Sending you peace, light and love on your transition. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.”
Sending you peace,light and love on your transition, @ChesterBe. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us. ❤️
— Chrissy Metz (@ChrissyMetz) July 20, 2017
“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.”
Saddened to learn about the passing of the talented Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. My heart breaks for his family and children.
— Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) July 20, 2017
“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.”
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans
— —Nikki Sixx— (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
“We lost another legend,” rapper Juicy J wrote. “Prayers up for the family so sad.”
We lost another legend R.I.P. Chester Bennington of (linkin park) prayers up for the family so sad
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) July 20, 2017
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.”
"A Thousand Suns" got me through a horribly dark time. I'm indebted. Thank you and RIP Chester Bennington, wish you were here
— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 20, 2017
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.”
love you Chester. love you more than you know. music will never be the same without u…I'm honored to have shared these moments. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2YCtszgwXG
— Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) July 20, 2017
the news can't be true. ive accepted a lot of things, but this one is too much…not Chester. not like this.
— Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) July 20, 2017
“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.”
Read more reactions below:
So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 20, 2017
Saddened to hear of the passing of Chester from @linkinpark.
Another gifted voice silenced to the spirit in the sky-forever alive in song
— Sharpton Mann (@tysonritter) July 20, 2017
The news about Chester Bennington is devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and @linkinpark. Such a tragic loss
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 20, 2017
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) July 20, 2017
Damn This really hurts a lot man #LP4EVER
— TAPE TAPE & HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) July 20, 2017
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) July 20, 2017
— matt white (@mattwhitemusic) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. Horrible news. One of the best front men to ever do it. A true legend. #LinkinPark
— Levi Benton (@levibenton) July 20, 2017
i was just rediscovering all my old linkin park jams this week. Can't believe we lost chester bennington today.. RIP to a legend 😔🙏
— William Singe (@WillSinge) July 20, 2017
I started making music because of Linkin Park. Today feels real dark and heavy now. Love and respect to his family. Rest In Peace, Legend.
— 𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐎 (@JaydenPanesso) July 20, 2017
No words … truly gutted, such an influential guy, RIP Chester Bennington ❤️️❤️️❤️️
— ROAM (@ROAMse) July 20, 2017
Goddamnit. RIP Chester Bennington. Linkin Park lives on forever in our angsty little hearts. 💔 pic.twitter.com/zugLsGVlOL
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 20, 2017
CHESTER B…… So glad to have crossed paths with you in this life. You were always a beam of light. My heart hurts but let me tell you..… pic.twitter.com/ymcFyxfpPO
— JACOBY SHADDIX (@JacobyShaddix) July 21, 2017