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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.

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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.”

Too bad they had to cut it off for commercials.

Leto also had to ask members of the audience more than once to stand up at the end of his tribute.

Linkin Park at the 2010 VMAs:

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