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One year on: Linkin Park say they miss Chester 'more than words can express'

‘We miss you more than words can express.’

SHOCKWAVES RIPPED THROUGHOUT the music industry on July 20 last year when reports announced that Chester Bennington had died.

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The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that the Linkin Park front man had taken his own life at the age of 41.

On the first anniversary of his death today, the band have paid tribute to their friend and bandmate in an Instagram post which has amassed more than a quarter of a million likes in just two hours.

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To our brother Chester. It has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light.

In the post, which featured a phone number for a Suicide Prevention Helpline, the band paid tribute to the impact Chester had on those closest to him as well as the impression he left on music fans.

Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness. Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express.

The post featured a #MakeChesterProud hashtag which has since started circulating on Twitter.

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