Gone, but not forgotten. On the two-year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death on Saturday, July 20, his loved ones shared touching tributes to the late Linkin Park frontman — including Chester’s mom, Susan Eubanks, his widow, Talinda Bennington, and his former Linkin Park bandmates.
Susan, 64, took to Twitter on Saturday to share a sweet photo that captured one of the last moments that she shared with her son before his death. “The last kiss I ever got from my wonderful boy! There are no words to explain how much I miss him! I want us to all celebrate his life today! Love you all! Please take care and celebrate Chester’s life today! He would want us to celebrate!” Susan wrote.
The last kiss I ever got from my wonderful boy! There are no words to explain how much I miss him! I want us to all celebrate his life today! Love you all! Please take care and celebrate Chester’s life today! He would want us to celebrate! pic.twitter.com/tsFHrgOzhz
— Susan Eubanks (@susan_eubanks5) July 20, 2019
Talinda, 42, shared a very important message with her late husband’s fans in a selfie video clip on Instagram. “Hey guys, I woke up this morning to lots of messages of love and support from my friends and family, and I wanted to pass along to you the same love and support,” she said. “Today is going to be a really hard day for a lot of people, and that may be you, and I just want you to know that you’re loved, you matter, and the world means something with you in it. And today let’s make Chester proud, and take care of each other, because that’s what he would want us to do.”
In the caption of the post, she also added the hashtags “#makechesterproud” and “#320changesdirection.” The “Make Chester Proud” hashtag trended shortly after his death to raise awareness for suicide prevention and the 320 Changes Direction is an initiative that Talinda co-founded in her husband’s memory to help provide resources for those struggling with mental health issues, mental illness and addiction.
Chester’s former bandmates in Linkin Park also shared a sweet post in his honor on their official Instagram page. “Remembering Chester today. Feel free to share your favorite moment of Chester / LP in the comments below,” read the caption.