In a 2009 interview he said, “The difficult part was losing all my money, starting my life over and having to pay the person I didn’t want to be around in the first place," in reference to his 2005 divorce from Samantha Marie Olit.
"I felt like my life’s work had been given away. I drank myself to the point where I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t function. I wanted to kill myself.”
Bennington’s fellow bandmates — Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon — took to Facebook to break their silence about his death in an broke their silence about his death on July 24.
“Our hearts are broken,” the post began. “The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened. You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
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