The last text message sent by the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, before he died has been revealed.
The message turned out to be to a close friend of Chester, Matt Pinfield, where Chester asked whether or not they could meet up.
The US radio host who previously worked for MTV told Variety he was ‘devastated’ over the loss of his friend, who was found dead at his home on Thursday morning, and is still ‘trying to process’ what has happened.
This is what he had to say:
“Chester was a lovely, positive guy. He cared about people, and all the success never went to his head. He was great to his fans. It is an incredible loss.”
He also added Chester’s death was a complete shock, with ‘many in the industry’ saying there were ‘no clues’ as to what was Chester was going through.
“He was Facetiming with friends and seemed to be doing great. It was a shock to every single one of us.”
Chester was found dead in his LA home on July 20th, 2017. He was only 41 years old, and apparently, he committed suicide by hanging himself. Linkin Park had massive plans before this tragedy, with scheduled tour dates, a new album coming out (their single, Talking to Myself was released on the day of Chester’s death) and they were also scheduled to appear on Carpool Karaoke in October.
Since the death of Bennington, Linkin Park have released a heartfelt statement on their official Facebook page, and they have also set up a website that features ways to contact several different suicide prevention helplines as well as a frequently-updated display of fan tributes and messages.
What Bennington leaves behind, Pinfield says, is a body of work that will impact generations of musicians to come.
RIP Chester, a talented musician that had so much more to show and prove but left it all behind.