Linkin Park releases heartfelt letter to deceased singer

The members of Linkin Park have released a heartfelt letter to their singer, Chester Bennington, four days after he hung himself at his Los Angeles home.

In it, the band's five surviving members write that they are still coming to "grips with what has happened" and are feeling "shock-waves of grief and denial." Bennington, they note, made all of their lives better.

His death, they write, "leaves a void that can never be filled," which is one reason why Linkin Park on Friday canceled its summer and fall tour, which was to have included an Oct. 20 San Diego date at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.

But the band also seems to leave the door open for a possible regrouping, writing: "Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable."

Here is the complete letter, which Linkin Park published Monday morning on social media:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shock-waves 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.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled-a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again, LP

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