Chester Bennington's Wife Talinda Pens Heartbreaking Message 1 Week After His Death: 'How Do I Move On?'

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Chester Bennington's wife of 12 years is trying to figure out how life goes on following the death of the Linkin Park singer.

On Friday, Talinda Bennington released a statement to ET about the heartbreak and loss her family is feeling a little over a week after her husband's death. "One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero, their daddy," Talinda writes. "We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered

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Talinda says she will try her best to pick up the pieces for the sake of her children. "The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left," she continues. "I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy, and I know that all of you will help keep his
memory alive."

On July 20, Chester was found dead at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in the Los Angeles area. He was 41, and had six children, some from his previous marriage to Samantha Olit. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told ET that his death was reported as a suicide by hanging, though the final cause of death is pending following an autopsy.

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In Talinda's message, she remembers her husband's kind spirit while also noting that he was tortured soul at times. "He was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice, and now he is pain free, singing his songs in all of our hearts," she continues. "May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would've wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love."

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Talinda's statement comes just a few days after Linkin Park penned an open letter in remembrance of their lead singer. "We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal," the band wrote. "After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve."

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If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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