Chester Bennington, lead singer of the successful alternative-rock band Linkin Park died by hanging himself on July 20, 2017, in Palos Verdes, California. The 41-year-old leaves behind his six children and a wife. Bennington also left a bright career and an impressive number of fans who lament the passing of the inspirational singer.
Linkin Park’s front man had been struggling with his mental health as he explained during an interview with William Lavin for The Mirror. He addressed how his mental battle, or as he called it “the demons,” had driven him to the point of thinking about suicide.
Speaking to Lavin, he said: “I came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘I can either just give up and [explitive] die or I can [explitive] fight for what I want,'” according to the Mirror. This was his last interview and for many people, this was a revelation that somehow explained his decision.
On May 19, two months before Bennington took his life, Linkin Park released their new album called “One More Light.” One of the songs in this album is the titled “Good Goodbye,” lyrics that could be taken as the final farewell of the singer.
Written by Bassil Sockar
Edited by Cathy Milne
Daily Mail: I can either give up and f****** die or I can fight for what I want’: Linkin Park star Chester Bennington explains his battle with depression in FINAL interview before his suicide.
Independent: Chester Bennington discusses his depression in ‘final’ interview: ‘I can either just give up and f*cking die or I can fight’.
Ultimate-Guitar: Linkin Park: ‘One More Light’ Is About Losing a Friend, Chester Could Barely Perform It Without Choking Up.
New York Daily News: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s final interview before suicide: I’ll ‘fight’ depression.
Mirror: One of Chester Bennington’s last interviews saw Linkin Park frontman open-up about ‘battling his demons’ and turning a corner
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