Following the very unfortunate passing of Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park/Dead By Sunrise/Grey Daze/Stone Temple Pilots) this past Thursday (July 20), Ms. Grey, who knew Bennington, shared a post remembering how he had impacted and influenced her.

Read her tribute below.

Skylar Grey Remembers Chester Bennington ::

The news of Chester Bennington’s death is a hard pill to swallow. His unique and powerful voice changed music and has made him a legend in this industry. I got to watch from the side of the stage many times as he performed for die hard fans and it was clear how deeply he affected their lives. I’ve never seen such dedicated fans. It’s been years since we were in contact, but he made a huge impact on my life being the lead singer of the band who signed me to my first record deal and publishing deal. My fellow Pisces was also the one who influenced me getting my first tattoo, a Pisces symbol, which happened back stage at a Linkin Park concert. Though he was an intimidating talent, he was a kind, gentle soul people couldn’t help but love. My thoughts are with his family and his band mates in this difficult time. RIP Chester, and thank you for everything. You are sorely missed.

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