LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington's life was celebrated at a private service in Los Angeles Saturday, July 29, while fans worldwide organized over 300 band-endorsed memorials to pay homage to his legacy.
The 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. 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." Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn were among the friends who gave heartfelt eulogies.
Bennington, 41, was found dead on July 20. His death was ruled a suicide.
Read the band's message to Bennington here.
Meanwhile, 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.
What's more, 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.