Linkin Park Cancel US Tour Following Chester Bennington’s Death
22 July 2017, 11:38 | Updated: 24 July 2017, 11:16
Following the suicide of the singer on Thursday, the band’s North American dates have now been shelved.
Linkin Park have cancelled their upcoming North American tour in the wake of Chester Bennington’s death.
The frontman of the US rock band was tragically found dead at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles on Thursday (20 July) where he is believed to have committed suicide at the age of 41.
Bennington - who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships - was due to head out on Linkin Park’s One More Light North American Tour next week, but a statement released by promoters Live Nation on Friday has now confirmed the tour will not be going ahead.
The statement read: "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”
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.
Linkin Park had just recently toured the UK, playing their last date at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on 6 July.
Meanwhile, his band mates - Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, and Joe Hahn - have yet to release an official statement, as co-vocalist and co-founder Mike says they are too “heartbroken” to write one at this time.
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
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
Listen to Bennington's chilling isolated vocals on One More Light track, Heavy:
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