On July 21, 2017, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has passed away at the age of 41. He committed suicide in his Los Angeles county home.

1 year after Chester’s death, Mike Shinoda spoke in an interview with Loudwire and expressed his feelings about his bandmate’s unexpected death.

Interviewer said “do you ever feel like Chester’s watching over you while you’re playing and if so do you think he’s feeling the love?” and Mike responded:

I did a song on the record called “Ghost,” which is all about the idea that whenever you go through something like this, ghost stories come up and people who are really into that stuff tend to really talk about it. I’m not particularly into all that so it’s weird.

I’ve heard a lot of crazy stories and I’m not a believer or a non-believer. To me, it is what it is. But in terms of whether Chester’s feeling the love, it’s interesting.

I was having the hardest time, in the beginning, trying to figure out if I was doing the right thing and what I ought to be doing. This was a few weeks after Chester passed. Then I started reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Option B. She had written a book about the empowerment of women in the workforce and all of a sudden her husband passed away and she had this whole different outlook on life and even on her own work.

I was reading that and relating to some of it. Then, at one point, she started a hashtag at her work with her friends that said: “#MakeDaveProud.” I thought that was great and I told our fans on Twitter that I was going to rip off her idea and give her credit. We started: “#MakeChesterProud,” and a lot of people joined in.”

Mike Shinoda’s debut album, “Post Traumatic” was released on June 15, 2018 via Warner Bros.

Click here to entire interview.