Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July, is survived by six children from three relationships—21-year-old son Jaime and adopted son Isaiah, 19, with Elka Brand; 15-year-old son Draven with first wife Samantha; and son Tyler, 11, and twin six-year-old girls Lilly and Lila, with his widow Talinda.
Bennington was found on July 20 in his Palos Verdes Estates, California home—one week before his rock group Linkin Park was planned to begin a 29-date North American tour. The singer was on vacation in Arizona with his wife Talinda and his family, but came home alone, citing work commitments.
Wealth Advisor notes in its recent article, “Linkin Park Singer Left Cash For Kids To Visit Each Other,” that Bennington’s will was filed in a probate court in Los Angeles County and obtained by several news outlets.
In his will, Bennington wrote: "I request that my children's mothers or Guardians encourage and allow my children to visit with one another and with my extended family and the extended family of my Spouse on a regular and ongoing basis, so that my children know that they have a large and loving family."
Bennington made certain the children wouldn't need to pay for these trips out of their own pockets. He directed the trustee of the family trust to provide money to cover their travel expenses.
There’s been no report as to how much Chester left to his family.
In August, Samantha, who was married to Bennington between 1996 and 2005, blasted Talinda online for not including her and Draven in his funeral service.
"My son & I have not had an opportunity to speak, not even at his funeral (that only represented his life that he was married to his new wife) no photos but one of him anywhere," she wrote.
"Dra was never treated equally by T & never wanted to go there because of that. Thanks for not honoring the one wish my son had by sharing his prayer with his siblings & throwing the rose quarts (sic) into the ocean with him.”
Talinda serves as the executor of Bennington’s will, while the alternate executor is Chester's former business manager Jonathan Schwartz. It may be difficult for Schwartz to serve, however. He is currently in jail on charges of wire fraud.
Reference: Wealth Advisor (October 23, 2017) “Linkin Park Singer Left Cash For Kids To Visit Each Other”