The ex-wife of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Samantha Bennington, has shared a written tribute to her former partner. Samantha offered some deeply spiritual beliefs in her letter, noting she views Chester’s death as him ascending to “a higher vibration of energy.”

A few days ago, Chester’s widow Talinda penned a note to the Linkin Park community, thanking them for the massive outpouring of love. As for Samantha Bennington, she was married to Chester from 1996 to 2005. The couple had one child together, Draven, who was born in 2002. Samantha added Draven’s name to the bottom of the letter, noting that the beliefs professed are held by both mother and son.

Samantha Bennington penned this note 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 onstage, 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

A private memorial for Chester was held July 29 in Palos Verdes, Calif., where his body was laid to rest. Musicians have been reacting to Bennington's death via social media. Click here to read several tributes.

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