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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Linkin Park plans public memorial for late singer

The band announced the plans on Facebook a month after Chester Bennington's death

Chester Bennington's band mates announced they were planning a memorial in Los Angeles on Facebook. Courtesy Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP
Chester Bennington's band mates announced they were planning a memorial in Los Angeles on Facebook. Courtesy Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP

Rockers Linkin Park are planning a public memorial for frontman Chester Bennington, a month after he committed suicide.

The band in a Facebook post revealed only that the "special public event" would take place in Los Angeles, saying more details would be announced later.

"Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time," the band wrote.

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Bennington - whose raw, angry metal voice dueled with guitarist Mike Shinoda's hip-hop asides to create the band's "nu metal" sound - was found hanging at his Los Angeles home on July 20.

The 41-year-old had struggled throughout his life with drugs and alcohol and the trauma of child abuse.

Fans around the world have organised dozens of events to remember Bennington after his death, with his shocked bandmates voicing support but not taking part.