The music world suffered a major loss today with the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park co-singer was found dead at his home this morning, in what is believed to be a suicide. It's heartbreaking to see depression apparently take yet another life. Bennington had spoken often about his issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as being sexually abused as a child. He was only 41 years old.
Chester Bennington in action. (pic via fuse.tv)
Bennington (who also had stints with Stone Temple Pilots, Dead by Sunrise, and Kings of Chaos) was good friends with the late Chris Cornell, and in fact, the Soundgarden singer was godfather to his children. Today would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Linkin Park songs always used to play at my gym, and they're on the radio almost every single time I drive to New Hampshire, so they've been part of the "weekly soundtrack" of my life for years. It's impossible to resist singing along anytime one of their tunes like, "In the End," "Burn It Down," and, "Somewhere I Belong," among many others, comes on, and it's sad to know that this playlist has come to an end.
I'm sure we'll hear more information about Bennington's death in the days and weeks to come. For now, my condolences go out to Bennington's family and friends, as well as Linkin Park fans. To Chester Bennington, I say thank you for sharing your music with us, and I hope you are now at peace.
If you are in crisis, or know someone who is, please talk to someone. It can be a relative, friend, doctor, or anyone else you trust. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Just know that no matter how much you may be convinced otherwise, you are not alone.
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