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Actor and Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto paid tribute to Chester Bennington at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, honoring the late musician with a heartfelt speech while introducing a clip from Linkin Park's 2010 VMAs performance. Below, read Leto's moving speech and see LP's 2010 performance in full.
Here's Leto's VMAs speech:
“Chester was my friend, as he was to so many, and witnessing his life taught me important things, especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it. When I think about him, Chester, I see his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve. I think how kindly he treated me, my brother Tomo, our band. I think about his wife and his six, six incredible children. I think about his family. I think about his band, who were really his brothers, and I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever. If there's anyone out there watching this who feel there is no hope, hear me out: You are not alone. Reach out. Share your thoughts. Do not give up.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 28, 2017
Too bad they had to cut it off for commercials.
Are you fucking joking!? You cut off a tribute to a truly talented vocalist and musician! @MTV sorry he didn't play the damn space bar!
— lil rettes (@therettes) August 28, 2017
OMFG ARE YOU JOKING A COMMERCIAL IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS TRIBUTE WTF @MTV ��
— Tyler Carter (@TylerCarter4L) August 28, 2017
— KiSS 92.5 (@KiSS925) August 28, 2017
Leto also had to ask members of the audience more than once to stand up at the end of his tribute.
damn the fact that Jared Leto said he could wait all day asking people to stand up for Chester Bennington's memorial is fucking sad. #vmas
— Devvy (@sneaselbeasel) August 28, 2017
the fact that jared was waiting for the audience to stand for chester bennington + mtv cutting it off n going to commercials is fucked up
— j. (@twatella) August 28, 2017
Linkin Park at the 2010 VMAs:
Watch more: Frank Zummo's drum tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington