The late Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington paid tribute to him as she shared their kids remind her of their father. Six children lost their dad years ago.
Chester Bennington died four years ago, and his widow Talinda Bennington sees parts of the singer in their kids. She took to Instagram and wrote a lengthy tribute to Chester:
“You always had a way to make us all laugh. You always made everything better.”
Chester Bennington and his wife Talinda Bennington attends The Kerrang Awards 2009 held at The Brewery on August 3, 2009 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Talinda continued, “And when you put this lettuce cup on your head to make us laugh because our food was taking forever, you made everything better once again.”
The 44-year-old shared that she is glad she and the kids have many photos and videos to remember the late songwriter and that they miss him every second of every day.
"You were the best person I have ever known. I see you in our babies every day. Lily is your mini-me, with her looks and beautiful voice," she wrote.
She added their son Tyler, 15, has his dad’s wit, intellect, looks, “and the same obsession for trying to figure out space and time.”
Their little girl Lila has her father’s heart of gold. “When they were newborns, you wrote your hopes and dreams for them." Talinda posted Chester’s cheerful photo beaming along with the post.
Fans comment on Talinda Bennington's post tribute to her later husband | Source: Instagram/@talinda320
Fans took to the comments section and noted heartwarming words about the former lead vocalist of Linkin Park and Grey Daze bands.
"Chester, you are always in my heart, my idol, my hero, I love you, and I miss you forever, your music helps me in the worst moments, I love you, soo much love for you Talinda and your beautiful children’s RIP,” one person commented.
Another follower mentioned she admires Talinda’s strength and that her former husband "will always be missed by his fans as well."
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A third praised Talinda and said, “This is so beautiful. Lots of love to you and the babies, Talinda. Let’s celebrate Chester’s life always.”
A fourth added they miss him every day while a fifth comforted Talinda, sharing, "Take care, T. We love you too. You're not alone."
Fans pay tribute to the later singer-songwriter Chester Bennington | Source: Instagram/@talinda320
"This is such a beautiful tribute. Rest in Paradise, Chester. My very favorite singer of all time," another individual commented.
Another shared how Chester impacted their life, “He changed my life forever. He’s my favorite artist of all time. Sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your family.”
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Chester is survived by his children and his wife, and based on a 2009 tweet - he was a proud dad. At the time, he wrote, "I have the cutest kids ever."
During one of his daughter's graduation back then, he deemed the occasion "one of the greatest moments" of his life and frequently tweeted about his family on the platform.
Chester's first child was Jaime, born in 1996, whom he shared with his former girlfriend, Elka Brand. His second child, Draven, was born in 2002 to his first wife, Samantha Marie Oil.
Fans comfort Talinda Bennington on the 4th anniversary of her husband's death | Source: Instagram/@talinda320
After the pair divorced in 2005, he married Talinda, and their first child together, Tyler, was born the following year. In 2006, Chester formally adopted Brand's other son, Jaime's half-brother Isaiah, and welcomed him into the family.
In 2011, he and Talinda welcomed their second and third children, twin girls Lila and Lily. In addition to his five biological children and one adopted son, Chester was also the godfather to another boy who is the child of his friend Chris Cornell.
Chester committed suicide on July 20, 2017, and was 41 years old. The Arizona native had previously openly talked about the struggles he faced and about having suicidal thoughts.
Through his lyrics, his dark side became evident. After giving an interview just months before his death about trying to put his troubled past behind him and overcome depression, Chester ultimately took his own life on his dear friend Cornell’s birthday – shortly after Cornell committed suicide.
Following his passing, Talinda spoke out and said her late husband is now "pain-free" after committing suicide while questioning how she was supposed to move on after his death:
“I lost my soulmate, and my children lost their hero – their Daddy. We had a fairytale life, and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy."
“How do I move on?” she continued. “How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left.”
Talinda described Chester as a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. "And now he is pain-free, singing his songs in all of our hearts," she said in a statement.
The former couple got married in 2006 and had three children together. Chester was found unresponsive in his Palos Verdes Estates home in Los Angeles.
The mother of his kids was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 18, 1976. Talinda worked several odd jobs when she was a teenager, including being a schoolteacher, a waitress, and a trainer.
During her time as a teacher, she taught science to 6th grade to 8th-grade students. After that, she became a model in the 2000s and appeared in the College Girls section of "Playboy" magazine. Talinda also attended Los Angeles Music Academy and graduated in 1995.
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