You may or may not know that lead singer of Linkin Park (since 1999), Chester Bennington died Thursday, July 20th from committing suicide. The rock singer had struggled with depression for years while also inflicted by drug and alcohol abuse as well as being sexually abused as a child. The singer was 41 years old – taken way to soon.
Chester’s death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell, the lead vocalist of popular bands Soundgarden and Audioslave also committed suicide on May 18th, 2017 after performing a show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on May 17th.
It was known that Chester and Chris were extremely close friends. They performed together in the past. Bennington actually performed at Cornell’s funeral as well as delivered a eulogy for his close friend. He wrote an open letter expressing his grief and emotion.
The part I find the most heart-breaking is the ending, Chester writes, “I can’t imagine a world without you [Cornell] in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.” Then only a couple months later, Chester took his own life. So sad and heart-breaking.
Here is a video I dropped of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell performing the song, Hunger Strike together. Their passion as friends and emotional lyricists are inevitable in this video.
Their music was deeply emotional combining love and hate, joy and anger, pain and forgiveness all wrapped into one. The music world is hit hard by this loss. Linkin Park’s fan base is huge with many top hits. They are my favorite band and I had been listening to them ever since the age of 4. I am deeply triggered by this loss.
Chester, your loss has affected us all. Your fans love you. Your family loves you. Thank you for getting us all through the dark times. Your music was truly inspirational and meaningful. You have helped so many and I am sorry you could not receive the help you needed to ultimately become better. You will be missed dearly but your music will go on forever. R.I.P Chester Bennington (1976-2017).
Mental Illness and Suicide Awareness
It was very evident that Chester struggled with depression. He has openly talked about his depression in the past with bandmate, Mike Shinoda.
The death of Chester once again proves that anyone can be depressed. Anyone can have a mental illness no matter if you are rich, poor, or famous. No matter if you have everything going for you or you don’t. Anyone can become a victim. This is so important.
Mental illness is so important and deserves all the attention, care, and respect it can receive. Please check on your loved-ones. You never know what battles someone fights on the inside. You never know what demons they are facing. A smile can hide everything. Always be kind and respectful.
Mental illness should be treated equally as a physical illness. It is a disease. It is not an easy fix and needs time and care. It needs time to heal. It needs respect and support.
Let’s raise awareness on this issue and end the stigma that those suffering from any form of mental illness are crazy and can be fixed easily. Those people who say such a thing are majorly wrong and do not understand the implications of a mental illness. Depression is a disease. It is a disorder.
Mental illness is crucial. Those who are suffering are in a dark place and need support. Again, you can’t just snap out of it. You can’t just think positively. You can’t just be cured. But with proper support and resources, it is possible to get better. There is always hope. Know that.
Chester Bennington was in a dark place and ultimately lost his battle with depression after fighting for years. Yes, drugs, alcohol, and abuse were also factors that did nothing but induce his depression unfortunately. But ultimately it was the depression that took his life. That is another issue I want to raise here – the implications of suicide by mental illness.
Those who say committing suicide is cowardly or selfish are wrong. It is not. Whoever believes this has never been in the situation and obviously can’t seem to understand what these victims go through until their last thoughts.
Those who end their own lives are in extremely fragile states. Depression is a disease that kills just like cancer. It is ultimately a battle lost from an illness in which we all try to fight when having it.
These people suffering are seeing their state from the outside in. Their mind is working in a way that tells them the only way out is suicide. There is no other option. Of course there actually is but those suffering from depression and on the verge of suicide cannot see this.
The depression has taken over and stated that the only way to end your suffering and pain and to ultimately gain peace, is by taking your own life. This is extremely tragic and honestly, suicide should never be an option, but clearly it is and we can’t do anything to make it impossible.
Suicide is ultimately a choice however. But not a choice one suffering makes clearly and makes as themselves. Again, it is the depression influencing this choice. Do you think people want to commit suicide?
No, they need to. They have to. It is the only option for them in their eyes. It is the only thing they believe will end their pain and suffering. It is the only thing that will make them happy and peaceful in their eyes.
Of course, Chester thought about his family, his kids, his wife before taking his own life. It most likely broke his heart. He may even thought that living was a burden for his family and friends. But the feelings of defeat and major depression triumph any of these alternate feelings of emotion.
In the end, it doesn’t matter for those who commit suicide. They literally cannot go on anymore. Depression kills. But we can beat this and raise awareness for those suffering to receive the help they need. Together, we can offer support in hopes of preventing depression and suicide. Like any disease, there is always hope. Depression can be cured. You can become better and will become better.
So please be supportive at this time. Be respectful for Chester and his family. It is not the time or place to bash his music if you are of dislike. Keep your thoughts to yourself.
I want to emphasize that there are plenty of resources for those suffering. There is always hope. There are always people who care and love you. There are always people who want to see you happy and succeed. Do not commit suicide. People need you in their life. Know this. You are not alone.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Each year 44, 193 Americans die by suicide.
This is an insane amount and needs to be reduced. Please, let’s end the stigma revolving around mental illness together. Let’s push people to get support. Let’s check on our loved-ones. Just ask if they are okay. Watch over them and listen compassionately. Tell them they are not alone. Tell your family you love them and wouldn’t know what you would do without them.
Let’s give those who suffer from depression or any other mental illness the most respect possible. They are in a battle with their mind every day. Depression is a disease – not a hoax, not a simple fix. Let’s raise awareness on this issue. With the stigma defeated, more people suffering from mental illness will get the resources they need to get better. We can do this together.
Thank you Chester for all the great memories. You were truly talented and truly inspirational. I hope you have found your peace you needed and are in a better place then where you once were. I am sorry you lost your battle and I am sorry you did not get the help that ultimately could have worked for you.
I am sorry you lost hope. I am sorry you had to end your own life. I give my condolences to you, your family, your friends, your fans, and your bandmates at this time.
Your music was truly inspirational and emotional. You allowed people to get through their dark times by your strong lyrics and most likely even saved lives. You will truly be missed as a person and as an artist. Linkin Park is my favorite band and I have been listening to your music everywhere lately. Your passing has hit us all very hard. Thank you again. Your music and your talent will live on forever.
R.I.P Chester Bennington (1976-2017).
Here is a tribute and the evolution of Linkin Park.
Here is Chester and Linkin Park’s latest album, One More Light – very inspiring, emotional, and sentimental.
Always in our hearts.
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Please reach out if you are suffering. There is always hope and there are always people who care. If you ever want to connect, leave me a comment below. I have had years experience with depression and am always open to talk. I live to help people with similar struggles and together, I believe we can all raise mental health and suicide awareness in hopes of preventing both.