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A California muralist painted a portrait of the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on a wall near the 101 freeway in Los Angeles last weekend, and a congestion of stopped cars on the busy highway reportedly cheered him on with honks and encouragement.
Jonas Never, the muralist, took two days to spray paint a 20-foot mural of Bennington on the back of a new pizzeria in Sherman Oaks, California.
Bennington died last month of apparent suicide in his L.A. home.
“I grew up listening to [Chester],” Never told Variety. “When I heard Chester died, I immediately thought of that wall because I knew some of the band members lived in the Valley. I just texted Jim [Conners, the pizzeria owner] and offered to do it for free because it was the right thing to do.”
We are honored to have such an amazing tribute to Chester on the wall of our building, and overwhelmed by the response from fans in the local community and all over the world. Thanks again @never1959, @_kryst_ and @mr_kub_ . Thank you @kroq for acknowledging this incredible artwork. And thank you, Chester for all the art you've produced over the years.
Conners, the owner of Rock N’ Pies pizzeria, told Variety that the mural has brought attention to his restaurant and even caused a commotion of sorts on the 101 highway bordering the back of the store.
“I was leaving the kitchen last night at 11:30, and I was greeted by flashing lights, people taking pictures,” Conners told the outlet. “When Jonas was working on it, everyone in their cars on the 101 were beeping their horns and cheering him on.”
Bennington was laid to rest over the weekend as well. His family held a private funeral Saturday afternoon near the singer’s home in Palos Verdes, California.