Chester Bennington's Widow Says She’d “Give Anything” to Have Him Back on Fourth Death Anniversary

Four years after Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died at age 41, his widow Talinda penned a heartfelt caption about his absence in her life.

By Elana Rubin Jul 20, 2021 11:50 PMTags
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Chester Bennington is greatly missed by his six children and widow Talinda Bennington.

The Linkin Park singer tragically died by suicide at the age of 41 on July 20, 2017, and now, four years later, Talinda shared a sentimental post on Instagram to honor her former husband. She posted a photo of Chester smiling widely at the camera.

"You always had a way to make us all laugh," she started her dedication to her husband of 11 years. "You always made everything better. 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."

Even though Chester is gone, his memory lives on through Talinda and their children: Tyler, 15, and 9-year-old twins, Lily and Lila. "I'm so glad that the kids and I have vast amounts of pictures and videos to remember you by," the 44-year-old mother wrote. "We miss you every second of every day." Chester is also survived by his three other kids from prior relationships: Jaime, 25, Isaiah, 23, and Draven Sebastian, 19.

Two years after Chester's death, Talinda got engaged again, to a firefighter named Michael Friedman. However, their relationship was short-lived. Talinda filed for divorce from Michael in January.

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The Playboy model continued in her post, "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. Tyler has your wit, intellect, looks, and the same obsession for trying to figure out space and time. And Lila, she has your heart of gold."

She remembered when they were born, Chester wrote his "hopes and dreams" for them. Talinda praised how they've grown up, saying, "God must have seen what you wrote because they are truly everything you wished for them to be. I know you can see them. I would give anything to have you back so they could see you."

The model ended her post by saying they would honor Chester on his 4-year death anniversary by watching home videos together.

Talinda concluded, "I love you. R.I.P."

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