Karen Belz
Updated August 28, 2017

Last night’s VMAs had us in tears a few times — but one of the biggest moments was Jared Leto’s tribute to Chester Bennington. As you know, the frontman for Linkin Park was found dead, and his cause of death was ruled a suicide. Shockingly, the singer passed away on a legendary day — the birthday of fellow rock star Chris Cornell, who also took his life this year. Leto and Bennington were especially close, so the tribute from last night was straight from the heart.

Leto touched on his early life, and also mentioned Cornell. Leto, who also performs in the band 30 Seconds To Mars, toured with both of them and was able to see their incredible friendship up close.

We think the tribute was absolutely perfect. Not only did it shine such a light on both Bennington and Cornell, but it pushed a very important message.

Leto ended his tribute by touching on the importance of opening up about mental health.

Jared Leto’s words were truly touching. And, we’re not quite sure anyone could have said them any better.