Rock/Metal Musicians Share Tributes For The Late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

With the tragic death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, many artists have taken to social media to pay tribute to the singer. You can see some of their words below:

Stone Temple Pilots:

System Of A Down‘s Daron Malakian:

Papa Roach/Jacoby Shaddix:

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale:

RIP Chester. We lost another voice of a generation today. I'd like to remind everyone that follows me that you are never alone. Life is fucking hard and every single one of us has beasts inside of us that we battle daily. And as humans… do your part. Stop with the cyber bullying, and hating people for stupid reasons. How about instead leave up lifting messages of hope and love and rock n roll. Just one word of kindness can change someone's life…I've seen it in my line of work…you are powerful enough to help someone or hurt someone…so choose to spread positivity. Chester, you will be missed, and I'm sorry that you felt like you had to leave this way. But all of the people that you've healed through your music, we Thank you for your time here and your music will live on through us!

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Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach:

Appalled by the lack of sympathy or respect by some for a human (who happens to be a musician) who died tragically. The fact that anyone would have the audacity to critique or comment on his music on the day we learn of his passing is beyond me. We "get it" you're very cool you didn't like what you saw as "unhip music." What a desensitized disgusting and selfish way to present yourself. Take your opinion and shove it up your pretentious ass. A fellow musician committed suicide today and all I can think of is his family and friends. Mental illness is rampant in the artistic community. We should be addressing this tragedy with respect, compassion and grief that is all. Keep your unwarranted options to yourself and allow his friends and family to grieve. Just because he was in the public eye gives you no right to judge his life or music at this time. Show some class please. My condolences to the family of Chester Bennington. May he find peace in the next life/world what have you.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong:

Godsmack’s Sully Erna:

I am so shocked and saddened by this tragedy of yet another amazing artist taking his life. I was just with Chester not even a month ago and I never would've expected this. Please! I'm reaching out to ALL artist across the globe. I don't care what genre you are a part of, rock, pop, urban, country…. PLEASE reach out to any of us if you need help man. Wtf! This is senseless and extremely sad. None of us are perfect, and ALL of us have issues. We all battle very similar addictions and obstacles that are hard for someone who does not live our lifestyle to understand. But we need to interact more and not treat music like a competition. We are all one. All part of a very elite group of individuals who creates art in a way that not everyone can do. And music is a universal language that we all share and communicate thru. We are the voices that heal. Remember that! So please see the value and the magic in what makes you special and unique to us and the world, and why we need you to stay with us. Continue to flourish us with your gifts and songs that we all sing. But PLEASE stop taking your lives. Your families, children and friends all love you. And "we" (your silent friends) love you, need you and are here for you at any time. This has become too frequent in the last 2 years alone. And I don't want to lose any more of these rare gifts. RIP Chester. We love you brother! 😔

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Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce:

Disturbed‘s David Draiman:

“I remember Chester.

I remember my first exposure to him.

We were playing a show in Pittsburgh, I think, (location doesn’t really matter) and this new band, who’s first hit single “One Step Closer“, was ALL OVER the airwaves already, called Linkin Park, were opening for us. I remember thinking, “I wonder of they’re from Chicago? “linkin’ park” and all…”

I remember sitting in our dressing room and hearing that song start during their set. It drew me out of the dressing room and I stood side stage and watched, in awe of his ferocity, precision, and power. I walked back to the dressing room and said to the guys, “Uh oh…we’d better step up our game tonight, these guys are GOOD!”

I remember when the band, Warner Bros. Records label mates, came to say hello when we were shooting our music video for Prayer, also the same day I met the woman who was to become the love of my life…Lena.

I remember sharing a stage with them on Ozzfest, and although they were originally met with some boos and jeers by the often less than open minded metal crowd, Chester and Co. were unfazed, and mid-way through that tour, they had won the crowd over, and were kicking ass and taking names.

I remember doing a side run together at that time, and Chester caught me kind of making fun of him while I was getting some clothes from under the bus. I had my own little version of “Crawling” where I sung the opening line of the verse with my own lyric (JOKINGLY), “I don’t know why I have to sing like such a pussy…it hurts me…my pussy…”, not knowing that he was standing directly behind me listening!!!

I turned around and noticed he was there and turned white.
“Um…sorry brother! I didn’t mean anything by it! I have mad respect for you! Just playing around!!”, I said. To which he responded, “We’ll at least I actually sing, not just make noises like Oooh wah ah ah ah and ugh ugh!!! (laughing).”
“You got me brother…”, I said laughing, “much love”.

I remember when us, Papa Roach, and Linkin Park were all on a chartered jet together headed to The World Famous KROQ acoustic christmas show, or twisted acoustic christmas show, or weenie roast, or SOMETHING, and it was basically a contest of who could be the loudest, most drunk, and most obnoxious at the time…lol, and Chester and Jacoby were trying to outdo each other each minute, with me playing the part of the grumpy old man, trying to get some sleep in my seat, unsuccessfully, because Chester and Jacoby kept accosting me every 5 minutes trying to get me to join in…lol!!

I remember when I met his family, his children, and saw what a loving father he was, and how much he adored them.

I remember when they got the lead track on the Transformers soundtrack (I was a little jealous, admittedly…lol), I heard the track, saw its copious usage in the film and said, “OK..THIS IS THE GAME CHANGER. They will now go from being nu-metal sensations, to global superstars.”…and they DID.

I remember him reaching out to me right after our performance of “The Sound of Silence” on Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco.

He said, “Dude! That was fucking amazing!!! I had no idea you could sing like that!!! Why don’t you sing that way more often???!!”

I was humbled.

I remember talking to him just recently, right after the new record came out, and I told him that I hoped he didn’t mind me saying how proud of him I was. That it took great courage to break new ground stylistically for the band, and that the song (“heavy”) was a HUGE HOOK, and to pay no mind to the idiots out there who didn’t get it.

AND I will always remember when I first heard of his passing today.

Lena and my son Sam were swimming outside, and the text chain began between my brothers in Disturbed and I about the horrible news. I remember feeling the hot stinging tears streaming down my face as I watched my wife and son playing, with a greater appreciation for them, and my life, than ever…SHOCKED, and in disbelief of what I had just been told.

I remember Chester Charles Bennington….

…I cherished and admired him…

…and for all the reasons I listed above, and many more…

…I will never forget him.

–David Draiman“

Coroner Confirms Chester Bennington Died From Hanging, Linkin Park Officially Cancel “One More Light” Tour

According to Billboard, the Los Angeles County coroner office spokesman Ed Winter has officially confirmed that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington died from hanging. The vocalist hung himself on the door between his bedroom and closet using a belt in his Palos Verdes Estates, CA residence. A partially empty bottle of alcohol was found, and there was no suicide note or anything that indicated drug use. An autopsy is pending, and a toxicology report is expected to be carried out soon. R.I.P.

In other, unsurprising news, Linkin Park have officially cancelled their “One More Light” tour. Live Nation posted the following statement:

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”

Report: More Details On Chester Bennington’s (Linkin Park) Death Revealed

According to TMZ, law enforcement representatives have confirmed more details regarding the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. They said the vocalist hung himself on the door between his bedroom and closet using a belt. The site went on to say that a partially empty bottle of alcohol was found. There was no suicide note and nothing that indicated drug use. This news is hard to hear, considering how similar the death scene was in comparison to Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden), whose birthday happened to be the same day Bennington took his own life. R.I.P.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Dead At 41 In Apparent Suicide


More details have now come to light in the tragic death of Chester Bennington. Joey Napoli, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, has now told the Los Angeles Times that firefighters were called to respond to a cardiac arrest at about 9 a.m. in Palos Verdes Estates, and then left by 9:29 a.m. Police are neither confirming or denying the suicide by hanging reports. His family was not home at the time of his death, and police Captain Mark Velez has told The Daily Breeze that Bennington‘s body was found by a housekeeper. No suicide note has has been found.


Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington has committed suicide at the age of 41. According to TMZ, the vocalist hung himself at his Palos Verdes Estates residence in Los Angeles county. The Associated Press then confirmed the news and said Brian Elias, spokesman for the Los Angeles County’s coroner, told them that the death is being investigated as suicide. Bennington is survived by his six children. On another note, his death oddly happened on the same day as the late Chris Cornell‘s 53rd birthday. Bennington had sung “Hallelujah” at Cornell‘s funeral in May. R.I.P.

Mike Shinoda tweeted the following:

Coincidentally, the band released a new video for the track “Talking To Myself” off their latest album “One More Light” before this tragic news broke:

Ex-Warbringer Drummer Nic Ritter Passes Away

Ex-Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has passed away. Vocalist John Kevill confirmed the sad news in the below Instagram post. R.I.P.

A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world. Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on "Waking into Nightmares" pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming. Sadly, "Waking into Nightmares" is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one. Rest easy, old buddy -Kevill

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Chris Cornell’s Toxicology Report Reveals Prescription Drugs In His System

According to TMZ, Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) toxicology report has confirmed that he had the following prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death: Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates. Notably, the report said he had taken four 1 mg Lorazepam pills, which was the drug that his family believe impaired his thought.


Cornell‘s widow Vicky said the following:

“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.

Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”

In other news, Vicky also posted a new letter on Chris Cornell’s Facebook, which you read below:

I met you on a starry Paris night at Hotel Plaza Athenee after we were called to arrange Audioslave’s under the radar after show party for the following night. I remember being introduced to you and how your eyes pierced through me.

You had the show the next day, and I did not attend. I met up with everyone at your after party, and when you realized I wasn’t at the show, you dryly asked, “Well, where were you… out having a sandwich?” A bunch of us sat, and I recall you ordering foie gras and me asking if you were sure you knew what you were ordering. You always had such elegant taste.

A friend asked who was the most beautiful girl at L’Avenue, and you got up in front of everyone, looked all around, came back, and you pointed at me. We talked that night until the sun came up, and it was time for you to leave for the next city. You called me the very next day, and 3 days, later we found ourselves together in London.
I remember how you ran in, fearful I had left because you were late from Zane Lowe’s show, and you were meeting me for tea time. At the time, I thought I needed to be careful and tried to distance my heart from falling in love with you… but you didn’t let that happen, and you zigzagged back and forth across the world to visit me. You were permanently jet-lagged because you couldn’t bear our time away from each other.

I finally came to visit you in New York on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour and threw your 39th birthday party. A few weeks later, I was on Mykonos, and you were still on Lollapalooza singing to me over the phone, “oh sweet Ms Vicky, won’t you come and marry me.”

I didn’t know what to think other than I loved you, and I was all in.

I flew to LA with my mom the day before my birthday in August. You gave me the most beautiful surprises from flowers, candles, and balloons everywhere to wrapped boxes of all shapes and sizes like it was Christmas. You made me feel like a princess.

You moved into the Beverly Hills Hotel because I was staying there. You woke up one morning doing flips on the bed. You asked me to come sit with you, and you said you had to take your necklace back. I thought, “No… why?” but you proceeded to cut it off and take the silver ring that was on it and said, “I woke up and I had the strangest vision of doing this. I’m not prepared with the real ring, but I want to marry you.” The ring fit perfectly, and while you surprised me with a Harry Winston several weeks later, I could not bear to take it off, and I used it as my wedding band. The two always represented how different you and I were but how perfectly we fit together.

I remember doing the civil wedding and how you cried. I had never met such a sensitive and special man.
We had our beautiful babies, and you were convinced we were soulmates, and that you had been looking for me. I’m so happy you found me. I’m so happy for the nearly 14 and a half years we spent together. We did everything together, literally, everything. You were my best friend, and when I wasn’t out on tour, we were on the phone at least 4 hours a day.

You were the best father, husband, and son-in-law to my parents. Your patience, empathy, and love always shone through.

You had always said I saved you. You wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you can to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade, and I’m sorry my sweet love that I did not see what happened to you that night, I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was NOT you my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too so you can Rest In Peace.
I am broken, but I will stand up for you, and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day, and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Photo: I miss the way you look at me. Athens, April 2017.

Chris Cornell’s Family Is “Mystified” That A Ruling Was Made On His Death Without A Full Autopsy Report

When the Wayne County Medical Examiner officially ruled Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) death as a “suicide by hanging,” his widow Vicky and family attorney Kirk Pasich disputed the findings saying the prescription drug Ativan, or something else, could have contributed. Now the two have issued another statement, which you can read below courtesy of Rolling Stone.


““Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation.”

Mr. Pasich confirmed the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.

Given the information above, Mr. Pasich said that the family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports. Vicky Cornell, the late star’s widow, said, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death. We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”