Chester Bennington is all smiles in family snap taken days before his death

CHESTER Bennington’s wife has shared a heartbreaking family picture of the singer taken shortly before he passed away.

Talinda Bentley, Chester Bennington

LINKIN PARK: Chester Bennington’s wife Talinda shared this family pic taken days before he died

The Linkin Park frontman’s grieving widow Talinda Bentley took to Twitter to share the personal memory with fans.


In the family portrait, Chester can be seen laughing along with his kids, as his wife captures the heartwarming moment.

Making reference to the rock star’s battle with depression, Talinda captioned the post: “This was days before my husband took his own life.

“Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know. F*** depression.”

Talinda Bentley, Chester Bennington

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The picture has racked up over 11,000 likes in six hours, with fans quick to offer their support to the mum-of-three.

One follower tweeted: “That’s true. A friend of mine died in the same way as Chester, and she was the happiest person I have ever known.”

Another wrote: “Thank you for sharing such a private photo with us.”

Clearly moved by the post, one fan noted: “My goodness, I miss that smile. How many things can a man hide behind a smile?

Chester Bennington

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“This was days before my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know. ”

Talinda Bentley

“It breaks my heart to know how much suffering he went through inside.”

Chester was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on July 20, shortly before 9am.

The celebrated rock star — who had openly struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times — took his own life.

Linkin Park had just finished a sell-out UK tour of their 2017 album One More Light shortly before he died.

Linkin Park

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The 41-year-old was close friends with Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.

In a tragic turn of events, Chester was found dead on the day that would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

The Numb singer is survived by wife Talinda and his six children.

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