LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (R) and wife Talinda Ann Bentley (L) arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Linkin Park and many of their peers in the rock world have paid their respects to Chester Bennington, but until now, we haven’t heard from Bennington’s wife, Talinda.

Talinda released the following statement on her late husband:

“One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”


Talina and Chester have three children together: Tyler, 11, and six-year-old twins, Lilly and Lila.  Chester had three children from previous relationships: Jaime, 21, Isaiah, 19, and Draven, 15.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger. Her favorite Linkin Park song is “Bleed It Out.”

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