It’s been a little over a week and it’s still hard to say “late” before Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park frontman said farewell in a final bow to the world at the Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California among close friends and family. Tight security was present at his private funeral to prevent any unwanted guests and paparazzi from gatecrashing. And in typical style, those who attended were given wrist bands and VIP passes, in a fitting touch to the voice of a generation.
Chester’s funeral was staged like a concert, with a drum set and included his Linkin Park bandmates, as well as Death By Sunrise mates Austin Carlile, formerly of Of Mice And Men and hip-hop star Blackbear. Little else is known about the ceremony, but his resting place is close to his home, and also the spot where he took his final steps and his final breath.
Chester Bennington finally succumbed to a lifetime of depression after hanging himself with a belt in his mansion at Palos Verdes. His housekeeper was said to have found him, and released footage from a police call made shortly after his body was discovered, is of the housekeeper screaming inconsolably.
It is also said that one of his Linkin Park band members arrived to take him to a photo shoot, but was met with the tragic news. Chester had killed himself on what would have been close friend Chris Cornell’s birthday on July 20. After years of speaking openly about his mental illness, even once calling it a “bad neighborhood”, he committed suicide at the age of 41.
Linkin Park had just released their latest album, One More Light, and were to go on tour in support of the album. Their last performance in Birmingham, UK showed Chester Bennington holding on tight to fans’ hands and giving an all-out performance, what would sadly be his last.