The 70-year-old pop music legend mourned the late Linkin Park frontman in an emotional tribute, saying: “It has been a sad few weeks.
“We lost Chris and then we lost Chester. I met them both briefly and they were two lovely guys,” he said.
Chester was found hanged in Los Angeles earlier this month at the age of 41 on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his close friend and late Audioslave frontman Chris.
Chester committed suicide earlier this month on what would have been Chris’ birthday
“Artists are prone to being a little destructive,” Sir Elton said in his Beats 1 radio show, broadcast on Apple Music. “Whether you are an actor or singer or visual artist.
“Sometimes, as Jim Carrey said when Phillip Seymour Hoffman committed suicide, ‘the noise just gets too much’,” he continued, adding that he wanted to pay tribute to the rockers and remember them fondly and the music they left”.
“They were incredibly talented, nice men,” the Rocket Man hitmaker said. “To their families and their children, my love. Remember music is a joyous thing and these guys left us a whole legacy of music to enjoy.