Rip Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

RIP Chester Bennington

It was reported and confirmed today (Thursday, 7.20.17), that Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, has passed away.  It is reported that he committed suicide by hanging himself in a similar fashion to SoundGarden lead singer, Chris Connell.  As well, Chester Bennington wrote a letter to Chris Connell two months before Chris’ passing.

 

This is the eeriest string of suicides I’ve seen from those in the Hollywood/Music Industry arena and something should be done.

Personally, this group has helped me get through my angsty wannabe semi-white-boy-hyper-anime-influenced-teenager years.  In fact, the first mixtape I EVER received from anyone was this white girl who actually drew a personalized cover art.  The songs definitely helped me deal with the new situation I was put in at 14 years of age.  While it was relatively better, I was not adapting well and this music really helped. The entire genre of goth/punk/metal really helped me get out a lot of anger I had growing up at that time.  Linkin Park really hit hard with a lot of shit I didn’t know how to deal with.

Chester’s singing helped deliver the message created by the group in a way that truly connected with me in ways the church, friends, or family couldn’t.

And as corny as it sounds, that is the power of music.  Music can connect in a way that others can’t. Music transcends age, race, religion, sexuality, ability, language…whatever it is.  It connects and Chester and Linkin Park connected with me.

As I got older I never stopped listening to this genre and Linkin Park oftentimes reminded me of what I overcame.

RIP Chester Bennington