- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2017

The widow of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington says her life has turned into a “sick Shakespearean tragedy” since her husband’s suicide last week.

Mr. Bennington, a father of six, was found dead after he hanged himself from a bedroom door in his Los Angeles home on July 20. His wife, former Playboy model Talinda Bennington, tweeted a statement Friday questioning her ability to move on.

“One week ago today, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy,” she wrote. “We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left.

“I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love,” she continued. “We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angels voice. And now he is pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts.

“May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love,” she concluded.

Mr. Bennington had fathered three children with Talinda. His family is reportedly planning a private funeral at an undisclosed date.

Mr. Bennington’s battle with drug and alcohol addiction was known for years and he has said before that he had suicidal thoughts, stemming from abuse he suffered as a child.

He was a close friend of former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who hanged himself on May 18. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

He also sang for Stone Temple Pilots after their split with Scott Weiland, who died in 2015 from an accidental drug overdose.

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