It’s been more than two months since Chester Bennington’s tragic death, but Apple Music has released, with permission from Chester’s band and family, the episode of Carpool Karaoke starring the Linkin Park frontman along with his bandmates. The video opens by saying, “With the blessing of Chester’s family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicated it to the memory of Chester.” The 23-minute long episode was filmed on July 14, 2017, just six days before his tragic suicide on July 20.
Chester is behind the wheel during the episode and driving around with his fellow bandmates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn. Comedian Ken Jeong also came along for the ride. Throughout the episode Chester seems in high spirits and is laughing, joking, and singing. Though being a Linkin Park fan has been hard for the past few months, it’s clear that the release of this video has helped some fans cope with the singer’s tragic death.
Twitter users shared their feelings about the episode. “Watching the Carpool Karaoke video yesterday really made me feel better,” one user wrote. “You are so important. We all miss your voice/laugh/smile.” Another added, “This is some sad, yet awesome, footage. May your family & friends only remember you for moments like this one.”
While Chester’s death was a shock to the world, the Grammy winner, who was just 41 years old at the time of his death, was open about his struggles with depression and addiction, even talking about having desires to commit suicide. 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."
Chester is survived by his wife of 12 years, Talinda Ann Bentley and his six kids, Lila, Tyler, Isaiah, Jaime, Lily, and Draven. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.