Last week, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died of a suicide at age 41. After setting up a forum for suicide prevention on their website, his surviving bandmates have issued their first statement about Bennington’s death in the form of a letter to their late front man.

Below is the band’s statement in full:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken.   The shockwaves 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.

As often happens following an artist’s death, consumption of Linkin Park’s music immediately soared. On the Billboard 200 albums chart for sales through July 20,  the band’s current set, One More Light, reentered the Billboard 200 at No. 17 earning  equivalent album units of 23,000 (The title debuted at No. 1 last month).

Three other titles re-entered the chart: the group’s 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory at No 27 (15,000 units), 2003’s Meteora at No. 41 (11,000) and 2007’s Minutes to Midnight at No. 115 (2,000).  Given that the chart closed at midnight the day of Bennington’s death, the numbers are expected to rise for next week’s chart.

In the aftermath of Bennington’s death, Linkin Park canceled their One More Light World Tour  with Blink 182.

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