My Chemical Romance were "deeply saddened" by the tragic passing of the 'What I've Done' singer - who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships - because they "loved" him. 'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death, ' the friend told Radar.
Linkin Park's latest album tour had already traveled through South America and Europe.
Eventually, Welch half-backtracked on his statement and posted a separate message saying, "I didn't mean to sound insensitive about Chester".
Linkin Park filmed an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" less than a week before singer Chester Bennington's death on Thursday morning. A bottle of alcohol half empty was also found in the bedroom of the singer, which left no letter to explain his gesture. The band has sold 27.8 million albums in the U.S. alone, according to Billboard.
After initial shock, a growing number of fans on social media pointed out that Thursday would have been the 53rd birthday of Cornell, who similarly died from hanging in May.
"I drove by his house one holiday season and did a triple take when I spotted mountains of snow piled up in his front yard", he wrote.
Authorities are treating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide.
I just watched a video of you singing "A Day In The Life" by the Beatles and thought of my dream.
He added, "God is still in the healing business, and God is still in the life-changing business". What happened to the last album of Linkin Park?
"Our band - we recently had a friend of ours pass away under such circumstances", he said.
Mr Winter said an autopsy was pending and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out.
In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.