Linkin Park Member’s Wife Reveals Why Chester Bennington ‘Hurt So Fiercely’

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Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda’s wife Anna posted the following letter to Chester Bennington on Instagram.

“Memories keep sideswiping me,

jarring me back to last week or last month or 18 years ago.

I grasp at them.

I grab all the details and I beg them to become that permanent part of memory – that place where the wooden fence broke under my leg, leaving me with this scar; that place where I can feel my husbands hand gliding my wedding ring on my finger; that place where you introduced us to Talinda for the first time, backstage in a hallway of cement blocks, you both completely confident in your love; that place where I hear you singing to my kids on the boat on the way to the O2 arena.

You thought with your heart;

Passion guided every step, movement, decision, moment.

A heart that big couldn’t help but to love so fiercely, hurt so fiercely.

You were love and magic and joy.”

Memories keep sideswiping me, jarring me back to last week or last month or 18 years ago. I grasp at them. I grab all the details and I beg them to become that permanent part of memory – that place where the wooden fence broke under my leg, leaving me with this scar; that place where I can feel my husbands hand gliding my wedding ring on my finger; that place where you introduced us to Talinda for the first time, backstage in a hallway of cement blocks, you both completely confident in your love; that place where I hear you singing to my kids on the boat on the way to the O2 arena. You thought with your heart; Passion guided every step, movement, decision, moment. A heart that big couldn't help but to love so fiercely, hurt so fiercely. You were love and magic and joy.

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Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda posted the following on Instagram:

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. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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