Guitarists and musicians across the world are mourning the loss of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, one of the century’s most popular rock bands.
Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park’s debut, was 2001’s best selling album, and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance and a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 2002 edition of the ceremony.
Below, you can see a host of musicians paying tribute to Bennington on social media, starting with longtime bandmate, Mike Shinoda, who confirmed Bennington’s death. Shinoda simply said that Bennington’s tragic death had left him “shocked and heartbroken.”
Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
RIP CHESTER BENNINGTON. We can never know someone’s pain. Prayers to his family in this tragedy. If you need help REACH OUT. @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/DmtWrHNgeY
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 20, 2017
So upsetting to find out the news about @ChesterBe RIP dude.
— Jake Pitts (@JakePittsBVB) July 20, 2017
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
Sad fucking day.
— Jack Barakat (@JackAllTimeLow) July 20, 2017
So sorry to hear the news about Chester. Condolences to his friends and family. Depression is such a serious issue. https://t.co/NqEGRT4AHD
— Taking Back Sunday (@TBSOfficial) July 20, 2017
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington.
— Richie Kotzen (@Richie_Kotzen) July 20, 2017
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.” – Chester Bennington. Rest easy sir. pic.twitter.com/RLhmf0UR0B
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) July 20, 2017
#RIPChesterBennington I remember the 1st day I went in the basement Warner Bros. Records #Burbank to hear you 1at… https://t.co/gDkXtq5Vge
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 20, 2017
R.I.P Chester Bennington
My thoughts are with his family & friends today
He & @linkinpark are the kindest folks you could ever hoped to meet pic.twitter.com/abS1e4t3Oi
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) July 20, 2017
Crazy world. Sadness.#rip #chesterbennington pic.twitter.com/BEQpGf0h0Y
— Billy Duffy (@TheBillyDuffy) July 20, 2017