'Our hearts are broken:' Linkin Park grieves for Chester Bennington

Linkin Park says their "hearts are broken" with grief and denial over the death last week of frontman Chester Bennington, found dead in his Los Angeles area home of a suspected suicide.

"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," the band said in a statement issued Monday and directed at Bennington, who was 41 when he was found hanging in his bedroom. 

The band's statement, posted on its Facebook page and on its Twitter account, said Bennington touched so many lives, maybe more than he realized.

"In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world," the statement said, adding that Bennington's widow, Talinda, and his six children, were grateful. "(They) want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you."

The statement said Bennington seemed to be excited about the years ahead together as a band.

"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."

On Friday, a day after Bennington's body was discovered in his Palos Verdes Estates home by a housekeeper, the band canceled its upcoming North American One More Light tour. But its statement said, "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," the statement concluded. "Thank you for that gift.  We love you, and miss you so much. Until we see you again, LP."

Linkin Park has returned to the charts: Billboard said Monday the band's latest effort, One More Light, re-entered Billboard's Top 200 album charts at No. 17 on the most recent chart.

Bennington, who struggled with drugs and alcohol addictions, died by hanging, the Los Angeles county coroner's office confirmed Friday. The death is still an open case but the coroner's office said from the outset that it was being investigated as a suspected suicide.

An autopsy has been performed but a report has not been issued. However, no evidence of illegal drugs was found at the scene, the coroner's office said. 

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