It’s clear that, though Chester Bennington tragically died at the end of July, his memory will live on forever. And rapper JAY-Z made sure of that during his most recent performance at the U.K.’s Virgin V Festival of their hit collaboration “Numb/Encore.”
On Sunday, Aug. 20, the father-of-three hit the stage and to dedicate the song to Chester. “Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester?” Jay said to the crowd. “Linkin Park, one time, tonight. Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight!”
Not only did fans send their love to the late singer, the tribute also sparked a reaction from those closest to Chester. Both bandmate Mike Shinoda and Chester’s wife Talinda took to Twitter to share their gratitude.
“We appreciate you,” Mike tweeted along with a video of the performance. While Talinda added, “As the painful days go by, I am humbled by the endless love that we have received & am beyond moved by the endless global heartfelt tributes.”
As the painful days go by, I am humbled by the endless love that we have received &am beyond moved by the endless global heartfelt tributes
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) August 20, 2017
Toward the end of his life, Chester had opened up about his struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. In what is believed to be his final interview, these struggles came to the forefront.
“I came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘I can either just give up and f–king die or I can f–king fight for what I want.’ And I chose to fight for what I wanted. I wanted to have good relationships. I wanted to love the people in my life. I wanted to enjoy my job," he said in an interview with Mirror. "I wanted to enjoy being a dad and having friends and just getting up in the morning. Because that was a struggle for me."
Following Chester’s suicide, his bandmates issued a statement on Facebook regarding their friend’s passing. “Our hearts are broken,” the post reads. “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.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.