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Chester Bennington’s Ex-Wife Releases First Statement Since His Death

Written by Tom Williams on July 31, 2017

Samantha Bennington, the ex-wife of late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, has released an emotional statement about his death, co-signed by their son, Draven Bennington.

In her statement, Samantha Bennington, who was married to Chester between 1996 and 2005, says “words can not express the devastating loss” that her, her son and their family is experiencing.

“I pray from my soul that he is at peace and no longer suffering,” she writes.

“He fulfilled his destiny while helping others every step of the way through his music, a hand shake, 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.”

Samantha goes on to describe Chester as one of her “best friends” since the age of 19.

“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,” she says.

“I promise to continue to raise a great man who has integrity, humility, kindness, & most of all compassion & love.”

Samantha Bennington’s statement (which can be read in full, below) follows a similarly emotional statement from Talinda Bennington, who was Chester’s wife at the time of his death earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park have endorsed a number of Australian vigils for Chester Bennington — some of which have already taken place.

If you or anyone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Samantha Bennington Statement (Via Facebook)

Words can not express the devastating loss that my son & I both, along with the rest of our families are feeling over my ex husband & son’s father’s recent passing. Unreal to stay the least!

I pray from my soul that he is at peace and no longer suffering.

My son & I are extremely spiritual & would like to share our believes with you in hopes it brings a little comfort.

We do not believe there is a hell. We 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”. He fulfilled his destiny while helping others every step of the way through his music, a hand shake, 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. I have always missed him singing throughout our home & loved it when he would visit, he would sing for us every time we ask or just spontaneously . He absolutely had a God given talent!

We are all created the same & connected so Chester you are never “gone”. Our souls & energy are forever connected.

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.

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 & Im extremely filled with gratitude.

Thank you to Draven’s god parents Uncle Stefie & Moni along with friends & family for joining us in with a raw ruby crystal that we shared a prayer, we all kissed the stone, & prayed to chester to find peace & fill his heart with love. Then our son through it in the ocean as an offering to God/Source.

We also want to thank our family and friend who traveled close & far for their support & continuous love.

We will always love you Chester.

From the bottom of our hearts .. love Sam & Draven Bennington

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