Fred Durst has shared some moving words in honour of Chester Bennington.
The Limp Bizkit frontman penned an emotional note for Variety remembering his late friend, who tragically committed suicide aged 41 last Thursday.
“I can say so many wonderful things about the Chester I knew,” Fred wrote. “He had a way of making anyone he spoke to feel heard, understood and significant. His aura and spirit were contagious and empowering.
Moving: Fred Durst has shared an emotional tribute to Chester Bennington, who committed suicide last week | WENN.com
“Often those types of people have so much pain and torture inside that the last thing they want is to contaminate or break the spirit of others. He would go out of his way to make sure you knew he truly cares. As real and transparent as our conversations would be, he was always the one projecting light on the shadows.”
Fred recalled their last conversation, in which Chester paid him “the most selfless and motivational compliments” and thanked him for all Limp Bizkit did to pave the way for Linkin Park.
“I told him if it weren’t for him and his voice and his words, this genre would never have reached the masses and affected so many lives,” he shared.
Tragic: The Limp Bizkit star (pictured) praised his “courageous” friend and recalled their last conversation | Sakura/WENN.com
“I thanked him for being so courageous and humble and for always being such a gentleman. We laughed and hugged and told jokes as if there would always be a tomorrow for us to meet again.”
Fred added: “I want to hug him now and let him know that we all experience our own pain and deal with it our own ways. I know his torture is unique to him, but I would always be here to listen and help in any way I can. But I won’t get that hug and that moment now, which makes me so sad.”
Linkin Park and Blink 182 have cancelled their upcoming tour dates in the wake of Chester’s suicide.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.