It’s been a difficult day, hasn’t it?
The world was left absolutely shocked on Thursday after it was revealed that Linkin Park’s lead vocalist Chester Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles residence, with reports claiming that he took his own life.
The timing of his death is absolutely tragic, given that Linkin Park had only recently launched their seventh album (One More Light), 17 years after releasing their first album (Hybrid Theory). It’s also amplified by the fact that Chester left us all on the birthday of Grunge legend and close friend, Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.
But it’s no secret that Chester struggled with alcholism and substance abuse for large portions of his life. He was very transparent about his struggles and actively spoke about the battles and demons he had to fight within himself.
CHESTER & IPSWICH TOWN
Chester was a huge fan of his hometown NBA outfit, Phoenix Suns, but when it came to football or soccer, as they call it in the United States, Chester had an affinity for Ipswich Town. Back in April 2009, when Ipswich were competing in the Championship, East Anglian Daily Times published an article explaining how Chester was easily the Tractor Boys’ most famous fan.
According to them, Chester’s dad, Lee Bennington, was close friends with Alan Howard; a now-retired police officer from Suffolk. Lee made a trip to the UK in the early 1990s, and visited Portman Road, alongside Alan, for a few Ipswich Town games. That trip made him fall in love with club and according to Alan, he passed it to his son Chester as well.
“He came on duty with me and went to a couple of football matches at Portman Road and he took an interest in Ipswich Town. The following year I was invited over to Phoenix where he lived and that’s when I first met Chester – he was about 13 or 14,” Alan told the East Anglican Daily Times.
“Chester has never been to a match because every time he comes over to the UK for a tour it’s normally the summer but he follows Ipswich on the internet and he always knows what position they are in the league and he takes an interest in the scores,” he added.
Alan went on to even reveal that Chester had expressed his desire to one day host a concert at Portman Road, where the club plays its home matches. Nonetheless, the club posted a short tribute on Twitter to pay respects to a man that had clearly influenced millions of people around the globe. Ipswich Town fans were also flooding Twitter with plenty of messages for the Linkin Park star.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) July 20, 2017
— Ben (@TideyBen) July 20, 2017
Chester supported Ipswich 🙁 that's my team man
— Sly Dex (@vDexdo) July 20, 2017
Best wishes to the family and friends of Chester Bennington. Rest in peace
— Ipswich Town Norway (@Official_ITSCON) July 20, 2017
— Tom. (@Ipswich_Tom) July 20, 2017