Two months ago the suicide of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell shocked fans and musicians alike. Chris, having struggled with addiction and depression his entire adult life, for whatever reason took an exercise band and hung himself in his hotel room bathroom after his performance in Detroit. To his wife, he had been clean, but sadly the coroner’s report told a slightly different story. Chris had lost his away and that night in May, he gave up the fight. No explanation, just gone. Today would have been Chris’ 53rd birthday.
This morning Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, a longtime friend of Chris Cornell, gave up as well. According to police Bennington hung himself in his California home. Another parent, spouse, friend, and idol lost; gone much too soon but why?
Bennington indicated he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, trying to forget the horrific events of his youth. Sexual abuse is an experience that no child should endure. There is truly no way to heal from that level of trauma, especially when you are so young, innocent, and fragile. Some victims learn to cope; others do as Bennington did, bury it and do everything in their power to forget it.
Linkin Park released their album, One More Light in May 2017 which was met with mostly negative reviews. Fans and critics were not impressed with the band’s decision to venture from their distinguishable nu metal/alternative sound. Was the combination of his past, negative reviews, and losing a good friend just too much for Bennington to handle? Who knows, maybe we will find out more in the coming days.
To Bennington’s family, especially his 6 children, our thoughts are with you during this very awful time.
‘Crawling in my skin, these wounds they will not heal. Fear is how I fall. Confusing what is real’ – Linkin Park. For anyone considering ending their life wounds do heal and fear is temporary, it will pass. So don’t…Today is a moment, it will pass and even if tomorrow is bad, it will pass as well. Bad days are temporary, death is permanent. You cannot fix what is broken when you choose to end your life nor do you get the satisfaction of saying you kicked the shit out of your demons; instead you leave those around you wondering what they could have done to save you. So let those people help you. You are loved, you are important, and you are beautiful because you are alive.
RIP Chester Bennington (1976 – 2017)
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