Chester Bennington Private Funeral Service Takes Place in California [Update]
Update: Several new details have been revealed about the service itself. According to a press release, more than 500 family members and friends attended the ceremony, which was led by local KROQ DJ Ted Stryker. Among those in attendance were Bennington's Stone Temple Pilots bandmates Robert and Dean DeLeo, his Kings of Chaos bandmate Matt Sorum as well as Damon Fox and Jimmy Gnecco. That fivesome performed "Amazing Grace" at the ceremony. Meanwhile, Dead by Sunrise's Ryan Shuck and Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn were among those delivering eulogies.
According to TMZ, the family decided against the option of taking plot next to Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever cemetery and instead held a private ceremony for Bennington at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Given that many of Bennington's friends were musicians, there was also a stage set up allowing for musical performances.
Among those on hand to view the ceremony were members of Chester Bennington's bands, Of Mice & Men singer Austin Carlile who had toured with Linkin Park, and more. Carlile posted on Instagram, "The service was beautiful today. Thank you Linkin Park, thank you Chester for everything." As you can see in the posting below, those in attendance were given laminates and wristbands, much like those that VIP attendees get at a concert.
Members of Julien-K, who also performed with Bennington in the band Dead by Sunrise, also posted as they prepared to attend the ceremony.
The official ruling on Bennington's death was suicide. He was found on Thursday, July 20 at his Palos Verdes, Calif. estate. Bennington was 41.
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