Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Updates Fans Following Chester Bennington’s Suicide With A Warning To Watch Out For ‘Scumbag Bootleggers’

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Linkin Park members are offering resources to those struggling with the same demons as Chester Bennington.

A week after the frontman died by suicide via hanging, bandmate Mike Shinoda thanked fans for respecting the band’s privacy.

The performer offered suggestions to fans hoping to celebrate the lead singer’s life in a moving Instagram post, and also provided resources to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts of their own.

Related: Chester’s Widow Releases Poignant Statement Following His Suicide

The musician shared multiple links on Friday, writing:

“One week. Feels like forever. I’m here for a couple updates… 1.) If you need a (local) place to celebrate Chester, look to tiny.cc/lpmemorial and all the amazing fan sites I’ve previously mentioned. 2.) If you’re having suicidal thoughts, go to chester.linkinpark.com

Shinoda also cautioned those planning to “buy merch in honor of Chester,” telling fans to keep a lookout for “scumbag bootleggers” trying to make money off of the singer’s passing. He added:

“If you’re going to buy merch in honor of Chester, consider who the purchase benefits. Don’t give money to scumbag bootleggers and opportunists. Linkin Park official merchandise is at store.linkinpark.com.”

For those wanting to donate to an organization in Bennington’s honor, Shinoda suggested musicforrelief.org — the website states that all donations to Music for Relief “now be directed to the One More Light Fund in honor of Chester Bennington.”

It’s good to see Chester’s bandmate reaching out to fans during this time of grief. Read his full post (below).

One week. Feels like forever. I├óΓé¼Γäóm here for a couple updates. I know these links aren├óΓé¼Γäót clickable. Just type them out in your browser; they’re easy to remember. 1.) If you need a (local) place to celebrate Chester, look to tiny.cc/lpmemorial and all the amazing fan sites I├óΓé¼Γäóve previously mentioned. 2.) If you├óΓé¼Γäóre having suicidal thoughts, go to chester.linkinpark.com 3.) If you├óΓé¼Γäóre going to buy merch in honor of Chester, consider who the purchase benefits. Don├óΓé¼Γäót give money to scumbag bootleggers and opportunists. Linkin Park official merchandise is at store.linkinpark.com 4.) If you want to donate in honor of Chester, do it at musicforrelief.org 5.) Brad, Joe, Rob, Dave, and I love you all very much. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this extremely difficult time. ├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬ÅA post shared by Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Jul 28, 2017 at 10:20am PDT

[Image via C.M. Wiggins/WENN.]

Jul 28, 2017 6:07pm PDT

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