Dear Chester Bennington,
I wish I had the honor of meeting you in person. I have enjoyed listening to your music for half of my life. Being able to see Linkin Park live in concert when I was a teenager was an amazing experience that will always be with me.
I could relate to almost every song you sang. Back then, I was never able to put my feelings into words. I had demons that I didn’t know how to explain, and I certainly didn’t know what to do about them. I felt alone, like I was the only person who was going through it. With Meteora, it was like you put my feelings into actual words. Something clicked when I listened to “Numb,” and most of the other songs on the album.
It wasn’t until after you died by suicide that I realized that you were singing about your own demons. Especially in “Heavy.” I don’t claim to know what you were going through, as that’s something that only you know, but my heart is heavy that you were suffering in silence. I’m sorry.
Please know that you are truly, deeply missed. Not only by your family and friends, but also by those of us who listened to your music. Many of us, like myself, still listen to your songs and wish that you were still with us. You made such a big difference in so many people’s lives, including my own. You will always be loved, missed, and remembered, and your spirit will live on in your music.
I hope that you found the peace that you were looking for.