Over the weekend, more than 500 people celebrated the life and legacy of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington at a private service in Los Angeles. Held at South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Estates near Los Angeles, the funeral brought together family, close friends and bandmates to honor the beloved musician. Bennington was found dead in his home on July 20; his death has been ruled a suicide by hanging.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn were among those who offered eulogies. Bennington’s Stone Temple Pilots bandmates Robert and Dean DeLeo, Kings of Chaos drummer Matt Sorum, Damon Fox, and Jimmy Gnecco delivered a powerful rendition of "Amazing Grace," according to a statement from Warner Brothers Records.
Linkin Park fans showed their support Saturday, too, with more than 300 band-endorsed memorials (according to the statement). One fan started a Google Doc that amasses memorials around the globe for fans to share worldwide.
Additionally, Linkin Park’s non-profit Music For Relief (founded in 2005), launched the One More Light Fund in honor of Bennington. According to the organization’s Facebook page, Music For Relief is "dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and reducing climate change.”
In the wake of the singer's untimely death, Linkin Park has established the hashtag #RIPChester, visible on the landing page of the band's Web site here.