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Linkin Park cancels tour, issues statement about singer's death
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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As expected Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour in support of the group’s new album, “One More Light” -- including the group’s Aug. 7 stop at the DTE Energy Music Theatre -- in the wake of singer Chester Bennington’s death on July 20.

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Bennington’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging by the Los Angeles coroner’s office. He was 41 and is survived by hiw wife and four children.

Linkin Park issued its first public statement on Monday, July 24, saying:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP=

The group has launched a special tribute web site to Bennington and updated both to include contact information for suicide prevention resources. Visit linkinpark.com.

Web Site: www.linkinpark.com

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