Chester Bennington Memorial Memorabilia Pulled From eBay

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You won’t be able to buy a piece of Chester Bennington’s funeral service on eBay. The auction site has pulled listings for commemorative items distributed at a private memorial for the late Linkin Park singer at the request of his family, TMZ reports. EBay says it doesn’t allow sales that “attempt to profit from tragedy.”

Bidding for one bundle of mementos—a program, a pin, a wristband, and a memorial card designed to look like a backstage pass—reportedly reached as high as $50,000. (Here’s a cached version of a listing, captured when bids were just under $35,000.)

The would-be sellers haven’t been publicly identified. According to TMZ, sources close to Bennington’s family “believe it was someone who worked with Linkin Park in production.”

Bennington died July 20 in an apparent suicide. He was 41. The private memorial service, said to have been attended by approximately 200 family and friends, was held last Saturday (July 29) in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, eBay’s U.K. site similarly cited the rule against profiting from tragedy to crack down on resale auctions of tickets to Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester memorial concert.

This article was originally published by: SPIN 

Mira el mural de Chester Bennington que detiene el tráfico en Los Ángeles

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El fallecido cantante recibió otro conmovedor tributo.

Un mural de seis metros de alto de Chester Bennington, quien murió el mes pasado a los 41 años, ha sido pintado en la parte trasera de un restaurant de pizzas con temática rockera llamado Rock’n Pies. La pieza de arte es visibles desde la autopista 101 en Los Ángeles, y los conductores no se cansan de verla.

«Había estado viendo esa gran pared blanca desde la 101 y pensé que podría usarse para algo bueno», le dijo el artista Jonas Never a Variety. «Cuando escuché que Chester había muerto, pensé inmediatamente en esa pared porque sabía que varios de los miembros de la banda vivieron en el Valle. Simplemente le envié un mensaje de texto a Jim y me ofrecí a hacerlo gratis porque era lo correcto».

«Estaba dejando la cocina anoche a las 11:30, y me recibieron las luces de los flashes, gente tomando fotos», dijo Jim Conner, el dueño del local. «Cuando Jonas estaba trabajando en eso, todos los autos en la 101 estaban tocando la bocina y aplaudiéndole. Fue muy genial. Ahora hay algo que ver mientras estás atascado en el tráfico».

El mural muestra a Chester sin camisa y con una gran sonrisa.

«Me topé con esta foto publicitaria de él, sonriendo, muy reconocible, con todos sus tatuajes visibles», dijo Never. «Pensé que sería mejor que tenerlo ahí arriba gritando».

Fotos del mural y de Never trabajando fueron publicadas en el Instagram del restaurante.

«Nos sentimos honrados de tener un tributo tan maravilloso a Chester en la pared de nuestro edificio, y estamos abrumados por la respuesta de los fans de la comunidad local y de todo el mundo», decía un post. «Gracias de nuevo @never1959, @_kryst_ y @mr_kub. Gracias @kroq por reconocer esta increíble pieza de arte. Y gracias a ti, Chester, por todo el arte que produjiste durante años».

This article was originally published by: E! Online Latino

Chester Bennington’s Widow Talinda Shares First Statement: «He is Pain-Free Singing His Songs in All of Our Hearts»

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Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s widow, has issued her first statement following the death of the beloved Linkin Park singer. On Friday (July 28) — eight days after Bennington committed suicide on July 20 — shared a statement to Rolling Stone about her grief with the loss of the love of her life and children’s father and what she believes the rock icon would have wanted.

She wrote, «One week ago, 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.”

Bennington explained that though her heartbreaks with the loss of her husband, she hopes to give all of her love to her children and the community of his fans. «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. 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,” she said.

She also said that her late husband would have wanted others to know to turn to each other in times of pain, and his music is there for them, as well. “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. 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.»

This article was originally published by: Billboard 

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Dead at 41

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide at age 41. TMZ first reported that Bennington hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday, July 20, after which the L.A. County coroner confirmed to Associated Press that Bennington had died. Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted»shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.»

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He spoke openly about both, as well as about being molested by an older man when he was a child. Bennington was married and is survived by six children.

The band’s most recent album, One More Light, topped the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

Linkin Park’s massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003’s Meteora, became the first of the band’s six chart-topping albums. Over the course of seven studio albums and a collaborative EP with JAY-Z, Linkin Park established itself as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the 21st century.

Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, «In the End» from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. «Numb» from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, «What I’ve Done» reached No. 7 in 2007, «New Divide» peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and «Shadow of the Day» earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.

In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland’s departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013.

This article was originally published by: Billboard