Chester Bennington's Widow Becomes Victim Of Twitter Hacking
21 July 2017, 14:45 | Updated: 21 July 2017, 15:02
According to reports, Talinda Bennington's account was attacked less than 24 hours after the Linkin Park man's death.
Chester Bennington's widow was the victim of a hacking in the hours following her husband's death.
The Linkin Park singer died of suspected suicide on Thursday (20 July) at the age of 41, and Talinda Bennington's Twitter account was hacked less than 24 hours after.
The unidentified perpetrator posted five offensive messages on her page before they were deleted. The insensitive posts made claims about the singer's death and their marriage, prompting an outraged reaction from fans of the rocker.
Since the tragic news was announced, a host of famous entertainers have paid tribute to the deceased musician.
The group's co-founder has confirmed reports the 41-year-old rocker had taken his own life and said a statement from the band would follow shortly.
He tweeted: "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
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
Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz called for people to speak out more about mental health issues.
He tweeted: "Mental health is no joke. We have to destigmatize the conversation around it.(sic)"
Mental health is no joke. We have to destigmatize the conversation around it.— yung menace (@petewentz) July 20, 2017
Chester was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May, and his death came on what would have been the You Know My Name singer's 53rd birthday.
Cornell's widow Vicky tweeted: "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more."
Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more.....I love you T— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) July 20, 2017
My Chemical Romance were "deeply saddened" by the tragic passing of the What I've Done singer - who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships - because they "loved" him.
We are deeply saddened by Chester's death. We loved him. Our condolences to Chester's family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones.— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) July 20, 2017
They wrote on their Twitter page: "We are deeply saddened by Chester's death. We loved him. Our condolences to Chester's family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones."
Paramore singer Hayley Williams said her "heart hurts" as she pondered the vulnerability of artists and shared the number for a helpline.
She wrote: "artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..
"... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester's family/band/friends/fans.(sic)"
if you're suffering, say it. Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24 hrs a day: 1-800-273-8255. we love you.— paramore (@paramore) July 20, 2017
Billie Joe Armstrong paid tribute to the singer, while also encouraging others experiencing similar struggles to seek help.
The Green Day frontman posted: "i've met Chester a couple times. he was very kind and also very smart. and one hell of a singer. mental health and drug addiction are really complex issues. but just know you are not alone. rest in peace Chester. you will be missed .. suicide prevention hotline: +1 (844) 540-5889 (sic)"
Stormzy - who featured on the band's recent Good Goodbye single - took to Twitter to share his heartache at the news.
Bruv I can't lie I'm so upset serious— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) July 20, 2017
I am heartbroken you do not know what someone's going through serious. Prayers up for your family right now my brother— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) July 20, 2017
Linkin Park had just recently toured the UK, playing their last date at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on 6 July.
The band were set to continue their One More Light world tour in North America, with a date at The Xfinity Center in Massachusetts on Saturday 27 July.
Listen to Bennington's chilling isolated vocals on One More Light track, Heavy:
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