Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was laid to rest over the weekend, in a quiet funeral attended by only family and close friends.
TMZ and other outlets report that the service took place on July 29 at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, Calif. Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile was among those who attended and posted an Instagram message with a photo of the memorial program and laminate and writing that, "The service was beautiful today. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester for everything.”
50.8k Likes, 476 Comments - Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) on Instagram: "The service today was beautiful. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester. For everything ❤❤❤"
Bennington's Dead By Sunrise bandmates, who are also in the group Julien-K, also posted a message that "Julien-K & Dead By Sunrise stand with @linkinpark & the Bennington family as we go to honor our sweetest and dearest friend. Chester, we love you so much. Our thoughts, love and prayers sto (widow) Talinda, the kids, and the LP family. We love you..."
Bennington's family reportedly decided against putting his body in a plot next to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever cemetery; The two were close friends, and Bennington performed at Cornell's funeral in May; He committed suicide on July 20, which would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
The weekend was also marked by addition tributes to Bennington by his widow Talinda as well as his ex-wife Samantha Marie Olit and Linkin Park bassist Dave Farrell, while the group's Mike Shinoda posted a message to fans.
Words can not express the devastating loss that my son & I both, along with the rest of our families are feeling over my ex husband & son's father's recent passing. Unreal to stay the least! I pray...
It goes without saying, this last week has been extremely difficult. The outpouring of love and kindness I've received from friends and (1)
Fans from all over the world has been incredible. I wish I could personally thank every one of you for your love and support... (2)
A huge part of Chester's legacy will be the memories we hold of him in our hearts. He was an enthusiastic, playful father... (3)
An honest, and passionate musician, and a loyal friend. I've been touched to see memorials that have been held worldwide. (4)
One week. Feels like forever. I'm here for a couple updates. I know these links aren't clickable. Just type them out in your browser; they're easy to remember. 1.) If you need a (local) place to celebrate Chester, look to tiny.cc/lpmemorial and all the amazing fan sites I've previously mentioned. 2.) If you're having suicidal thoughts, go to chester.linkinpark.com 3.) If you're going to buy merch in honor of Chester, consider who the purchase benefits. Don't give money to scumbag bootleggers and opportunists. Linkin Park official merchandise is at store.linkinpark.com 4.) If you want to donate in honor of Chester, do it at musicforrelief.org 5.) Brad, Joe, Rob, Dave, and I love you all very much. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
261.5k Likes, 12.8k Comments - Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Instagram: "One week. Feels like forever. I'm here for a couple updates. I know these links aren't..."
The Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, meanwhile, announced it will be installing a memorial case in its lobby featuring a T-shirt from his clothing line, Ve'cel By Chester Bennington that the singer actually wore on stage.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.