The surviving Linkin Park band members have posted an official statement regarding the tragic loss of their singer, Cheseter Bennington. Bennington hanged himself last Thursday (July 20) at age 41.

"Our hearts are broken," the statement reads "The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened."

The statement continues, "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. (Bennington's widow) 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."

Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda by Anne Erickson

Linkin Park were slated to start a North American tour Thursday (July 27) to promote their latest studio album, One More Light. The tour has been cancelled.

"Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious," Linkin Park writes. "Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled -- a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing." 

The statement continues, "We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve."

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable," the statement ends. "While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much."

Photo credit: Anne Erickson