Chester Bennington's ex-wife Samantha Bennington remembered the Linkin Park singer in an emotional tribute that she posted on Facebook Sunday."I pray from my soul that he is at peace and no longer suffering," wrote Samantha, who was married to the singer from 1996 to 2005."Chester, as one of my best friends of the age of 19, a husband, father to my son, business partner, and all we created together, I'm truly honored to have completed our soul contracts together, build all we did together, & thank you for giving me the greatest gift ever, our beautiful son Draven."Samantha Bennington added that she and Draven are "extremely spiritual" and wrote about how they "believe that we as souls make 'soul contracts' we agree to come into this world with the knowledge of our destiny & when it's fulfilled we move on to a higher vibration of energy, meaning 'the next level.'"In the case of Chester, "He fulfilled his destiny while helping others every step of the way through his music, a handshake, a conversation, or even a hug.No matter if you saw him on stage, had an opportunity to meet him anywhere he truly touched everyone in a positive way.He absolutely loved singing for each & every one of you & for all of his friends & family at home all the time," Samantha wrote."I promise to continue to raise a great man who has integrity, humility, kindness, & most of all compassion & love.I do feel your presence as a guardian angel watching over us & I'm extremely filled with gratitude."issued her first statement following the singer's July 20th death." data-reactid="28"On Friday, Chester Bennington's widow Talinda issued her first statement following the singer's July 20th death."One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero – their Daddy.Since the news of his death broke, fans, friends, and fellow celebrities have all taken to the internet to express their sincerest condolences. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive."Although Linkin Park's lead singer made music that brought joy to millions of listeners, he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.To them, Bennington writes, "I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. Through all of that, he persevered and continued making music with Linkin Park.He would rather not have a jacket from his dad than have you force him to go into that home." On several occasions, Samantha warned that "the truth" would come out, though did not offer any specifics.
Bennington also leaves behind three other sons: Draven, Isaiah, and Jaime.
and a source at the cemetery tells us they expect Chester's family to call about buying it.
Chester was very close with the Soundgarden frontman ...
Celebrities from across the music spectrum, including grime rapper Stormzy, Chance The Rapper, Rob Thomas, One Republic and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel have all paid their respects on Twitter.
Linkin Park band member, Mike Shinoda, was the first to break the news, tweeting: ‘Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true.