- Bo Emerson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Online auctions profiting off the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington drew scorn from social media commenters on Wednesday.
Items from gift bags given away at Bennington’s private memorial service later showed up on eBay, fetching bids of $50,000, according to Diffuser.
Items from the service included a funeral program, wristband, lanyard and a pin with an engraved signature, Diffuser wrote.
The auction drew criticism on Twitter.
“Gross. People are selling items given out at Chester Bennington’s memorial on #ebay #shameless,” wrote Kris of @bigkrisradio.
Diffuser wrote that two auctions were discontinued as criticism mounted.
Bennington committed suicide July 20 at his Los Angeles County home. The memorial service was held Saturday. Around the world fans of Bennington and of the nu-metal band Linkin Park responded with grief.
On Tuesday Cold Play lead man Chris Martin played a subdued version of the Linkin Park hit “Crawling” as a tribute to Bennington during a tour-opening show in East Rutherford, New Jersey.