Chester Bennington – Lead singer of Linkin Park,
A Life To Remember
At the height of the punk rock era of the early 2000’s Linkin Park became ingrained in the culture for the generation growing up at the time who could relate to the lyrics at a time of teenage angst & self-discovery.
Their album ‘Meteora’ topped the Billboard chart in 2003 and is regarded as one of the biggest indie rock records of all time and the bank sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and remains one of the biggest selling albums released since the start of the millennium.
The band was due to begin their ‘One More Light World Tour’ next week as the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington reportedly hanged himself in the early hours of Thurday in his private home.
The singer is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about contemplating suicide resulting from being a victim of abuse as a child.
Just months before his death Chester shared a powerful message regarding his own struggles with mental health & depression to offer advice to others. Bennington’s longstanding addiction problems & depression painted an image of his mental health struggles in Linkin Parks songs such as Breaking The Habit, problems he would apparently continue to struggle to face for 15 years after the recording; ‘I don’t know how I got this way, I’ll never be all right / So I’m breaking the habit tonight’.
Friends & fan alike shared their tributes to the artist after news of his death including band Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake & grime artist Stormzy who collaborated with Linkin Park earlier in the year.
Chester Bennington’s passing is a reminder of the seriousness of depression & we can only hope that this can end the silence around mental health struggles & the stigma surrounding speaking up.
“The most important thing you can do if you think you’re depressed is talk to someone, this could be a friend, a family member, a teacher, a colleague, a GP, a counsellor or a confidential helpline. Don’t suffer in silence. Talking about how you’re feeling can really make a difference.”
– Spokesperson from mental health charity ‘Young Minds’