Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington following his tragic death earlier this month.
Remembering the frontman’s “unbelievable” talent and unassuming personality, Lars spoke fondly about Chester’s “authentic” contribution to music in a recent interview.
While talking to Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS, Lars reflected: “Chester was a very kind and very unassuming and very gentle soul, who had a really big heart.”
Referring to the first time he ever listened to Linkin Park, Lars praised Chester’s “unbelievable” power as a vocalist.
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“It was so original and so unique,” he said. “He was one of those singers that has that rare gift where every word that comes out of him sounds authentic.”
Offering a message of support to Chester’s friends, family and bandmates, Lars added: “All those guys are great guys and my heart goes out to all of ’em and to the family.”
Chester’s wife Talinda recently shared a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband, saying that their “fairy-tale life” had turned into a “tragedy”.
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“How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
Linkin Park spoke of their shock in a recent tribute to their frontman, and have also set up a support page with information on how to access suicide helplines and support groups.
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Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
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