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.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
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