It’s been just two weeks since the death of Chester Bennington, but it feels much longer — and sadly his loss is going to be felt for quite some time.
In a touching new mural, the Linkin Park singer can be seen smiling from the 101 freeway in Southern California. The painting, on the wall of Rock’n Pies Pizza Co. in Sherman Oaks, was created from a rare pic of the tortured artist in good spirits.
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Painter Jonas Never told Variety:
“I stumbled across this publicity still of him, smiling, very recognizable, with all his tattoos visible. I thought it would be better than having him up there screaming.”
You can see more pics of the amazing mural from the pizzeria’s Instagram (below).
Speaking of not screaming, Coldplay also paid a softer, gentler tribute to the fallen singer on the first show of their North American tour Tuesday night. Chris Martin‘s went solo for a slow, sad piano cover of Crawling that’s almost unrecognizable from the original.
See how Coldplay honored Chester’s memory (below):
So sweet of Chris!
And here are more pics of that amazing mural:
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.” – Chester Bennington. New mural in progress from our friend @never1959 at our Sherman Oaks location.A post shared by Rock’n Pies Pizza Los Angeles? (@rocknpies) on Jul 28, 2017 at 8:49pm PDT
We are honored to have such an amazing tribute to Chester on the wall of our building, and overwhelmed by the response from fans in the local community and all over the world. Thanks again @never1959, @_kryst_ and @mr_kub_ . Thank you @kroq for acknowledging this incredible artwork. And thank you, Chester for all the art you’ve produced over the years.A post shared by Rock’n Pies Pizza Los Angeles? (@rocknpies) on Jul 31, 2017 at 9:47pm PDT
[Image via Instagram/Ricky Swift/WENN.]
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