When Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington recently made the decision to take his own life, the outpouring of grief that took place was equal parts saddening and heartwarming. It is saddening to see such a talented musician make the decision to cut their life short and heartwarming to see so many people take to social media in order to share all of the ways that Chester’s music had touched their hearts.
He passed away at the age of 41 in his Los Angeles home. While the suicide prognosis has yet to be confirmed, all evidence points to a man who was struggling with a bevy of mental issues and a great deal of stress. While there are some who will refer to suicide as a cowardly act, these people have never walked a mile in the shoes of someone who suffers from depression or any other mental ailment.
The death came as a major surprise to music fans everywhere, as the final tweet that Chester was tagged in appeared to offer a hopeful message for his future. He re-tweeted the messages to his followers and the photos of him alongside band mates Chukwudi Hodge and Mike Shinoda (as well as rap artist George Watsky) ignited a great deal of fan interest.
Fans were happy to see all of these men collaborating and offered many messages of support. Another message from Chester spoke of the importance of protecting the environment, an issue that has always been very near and dear to his heart. He believed that we were headed for a “plastic planet” and this message offered further insight into the things that truly mattered to him.
Linkin Park first rose to prominence during the rise of the rap metal scene, alongside other mainstays such as Limp Bizkit and Korn. Hybrid Theory, their debut album, topped charts all over the world and in addition to selling a boatload of records, the album was widely considered to be one of the definitive documents of the rap metal movement.
The final tweet from Chester’s personal account was an all too fitting send off for the legendary rocker. It was a photo of him singing in front of a packed arena to an adoring crowd. Chester is certainly going to be missed and we would like to send our deepest condolences to all of his friends and family members during this very difficult period.