Linkin Park pay tribute to Chester on his first birthday since his death

Yesterday (today in the U.S), marks Chester Bennington's 42nd birthday and the first bithday since he took his own life last year. 

Linkin Park's guitarist Mike Shinoda woke up a few hours ago and paid tribute to his former frontman with a few simple yet very moving words: "Happy birthday buddy."  

The band posted a snap of Chester performing on their official Twitter with a message to raise funds for the charity One More Light, set up by Chester's  family and friends which aims to help those affected by mental health issues. 

The caption read: ‘Wishing a happy birthday to our brother @ChesterBe today. In his honor, we are launching a fundraiser on our Facebook page via @musicforrelief’s ONE MORE LIGHT FUND, benefiting #320ChangesDirection.’

Not long before Chester passed he spoke candidly about his life long struggle with mental health, and the therapy and relieve he found in recording the last Linkin Park album 'One More Light'.

‘One More Light is for us a very personal and very therapeutic kind of record,’ he said. ‘We got into a lot of aspects of our lives that we probably wouldn’t have normally shared with anyone and just dealt with it on our own.’

He continued: ‘For me personally when we first started working on this record I was coming out of the darkest time of my life and it was all s**t that I was doing to myself. It was all stuff that I had control over but even though I felt differently at the time.’

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