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Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst On Chester Bennington: “His Aura And Spirit Were Contagious And Empowering”

Tamsyn Wilce
Tamsyn Wilce 26 July 2017 at 10.39

"I want to hug him now and let him know that we all experience our own pain and deal with it our own ways."

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has paid tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

Chester died last week, aged 41. 

Speaking to Variety, he said, "I’m sitting here with my brother Cory and we were talking about when Linkin Park played before us on their first ever show in Europe.

"I remember seeing them on the side of the stage and as were performing, I was thinking to myself, 'Chester’s voice is going to blow these kids the f— up'. It was a great moment and I’m happy now to have had it.

"I can say so many wonderful things about the Chester I knew. He had a way of making anyone he spoke to feel heard, understood and significant.

"His aura and spirit were contagious and empowering. 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."

You can watch the video for Linkin Park's 'Numb' below.

Fred continued, "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. In my last conversation with him, he was holding his two cute puppies and giving me the most selfless and motivational compliments in regards to Limp Bizkit and myself and thanking me for paving the path for bands like Linkin Park.

"In return, 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.

"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.

"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."

All scheduled Linkin Park shows have been cancelled and the band have released a moving statement regarding Chester's death.

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