What We Need to Take from Chester Bennington’s Suicide

by Gemma Callaway

Chester Bennington, aged 41, heartbreakingly passed away a couple of weeks ago from suicide. Bennington was the front man of Linkin Park and put his heart and soul into his music. 

If you’ve not ever listened to Linkin Park, I suggest you do so now. Linkin Park were a huge part of my childhood, between me, my sisters and my brother we absolutely loved them. Albeit not knowing what half the lyrics meant, the music accompaniment alone was enough to give you shivers whilst playing your favourite air guitar.
But as I grew up, still listening to them, the words suddenly grew meaning and suddenly it wasn’t just great music, it was beautiful and it was powerful. Bennington had a true talent for helping people feel through the raw emotion in his music. He has left an incredible legacy behind.
This statement was released on Linkin Park’s official website from the band, and remains there now;
‘Dear Chester, 

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

Visit Chester.LinkinPark.com

Bennington’s death was both a devastating and shocking reminder of the truth behind mental illness. It does not matter who you are, what you have or what successes you boast; peace and contentment will always come from within.

I hope you have found peace, Chester. Thank you for the music.

If you are a musician, work in the music industry or simply want to find ways to help someone who is and may be struggling, you can find more information from Help Musicians UK
For a list of global hotlines and resources, please see our ‘I Need Help’ page here.

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