Linkin Park bassist Dave Farrell writes heart-breaking open letter to Chester Bennington
It's been a year since the world lost Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in an event that shocked the entire world and fans around the world absolutely devastated.
Bennington took his own life at his home in California after struggling with depression and tributes from people in the music industry and fans alike were broadcast on social media. However, for those closest to Bennington, many of them stayed private while they tried to recover from the tragic loss.
Linkin Park bassist Dave Farrell was one of these people. Like the rest of the band, Farrell gave a statement at the time of Chester's passing but remained silent ever since.
However, now, a year on from the day, Farrell has released a heart-breaking open letter to his dear friend. In the letter, Farrell outlines the extent of his grief and the love he had for his bandmate.
Farrell wrote: "In the past year, there hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here.
"I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn't formulate the words to adequately express how I felt... I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I'd struggle to even be able to speak at all.
"And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans... and to me."
The Celebration of Life Concert was held in October 2017 in memory of Bennington and saw Linkin Park be joined on stage by the likes of Blink 182, System of a Down and Sum 41 to celebrate Chester's life an musical legacy.
"There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don't know how to say," continued Farrell.
"But one thing I know for certain is that you are loved, and you are missed. Be Well My Friend, Dave."
In a statement at the time of Bennington's death, Farrell wrote: "It goes without saying, this last week has been extremely difficult."
"The outpouring of love and kindness I've received from friends and fans from all over the world has been incredible. I wish I could personally thank every one of you for your love and support.
"A huge part of Chester's legacy will be the memories we hold of him in our hearts. He was an enthusiastic, playful father. An honest, and passionate musician, and a loyal friend.
"I've been touched to see memorials that have been held worldwide. If you have pictures from any memorials or events you've attended in memory of Chester, please send your favorites, I'd love to repost them."
Farrell's letter shows how - even a year on - Chester continues to leave a lasting impression on the world.