As many of you have likely heard by now, Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington has died. At just 41 years of age, he left the world at his residence in Palace Verdes Estates, located just outside of Los Angeles. He took his life by hanging himself on what would have been his close friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Considering Linkin Park’s overwhelming contribution to the alternative music scene and Bennington’s positive influence on countless aspiring artists, many people in the community took the time to reflect on his sad and unexpected death.


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Bennington’s passing sparked an important conversation on Twitter between Travis Estes @travisjestes and Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly. Travis attempted to understand some of the reasons suicide seems to be a little too common among lead singers. “Any insights into why this seems to happen in the industry? How do we help people who (from an outside view) seem to have it all?” Travis asked.

“Thank you. I hate to see this happening and I know many people would love to help the artists they love in whatever way they can” Rickly responded. He then screen capped a note he wrote on the topic of mental health:


Rickly may not have all the answers, but Bennington’s passing is a reminder that underneath the fame, the GRAMMYs, the Hybrid Moments, and many years of musical prowess, he was still just a human who faced life’s challenges like any of us.



Chester Bennington will be missed by his family, by his friends, by his fans, bandmates, fellow musicians, and supporters. His passing is heartbreaking and the way he left, even more so. Mental health challenges aren’t easy, but there are options for each of us and people ready to help.  If you’re currently struggling, please don’t hesitate to speak to a friend or a professional, or call the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.


We’ll miss you, Chester! Thanks for all you’ve done to enrich our lives.


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