Revealed: The devastating impact Chris Cornell’s death had on Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington
Bennington, 41, was found dead in his southern California home overnight after a suspected suicide on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Linkin Park band member and co-founder Mike Shinoda confirmed Bennington’s death via Twitter on Friday morning shortly after entertainment website TMZ reported Bennington’s suspected death.
Chris Cornell committed suicide himself on May 18 this year with Bennington penning a heartbreaking letter after he found out about his death.
Chris Cornell committed suicide in May. Photo: AAP Source: au.news.yahoo.com
PICTURED: Bennington performed “Hallelujah” at a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Photo: AAP Source: au.news.yahoo.com
“I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away,” he wrote.
“Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family.
“You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that.”
Chilling hints in Linkin Park lyrics: ‘I don’t like my mind right now’
The 41-year-old singer was found dead on Thursday after he reportedly took his own life at a private residence in Los Angeles, TMZ reports.
The bands second to last single Heavy, released in February this year, appeared to hint at his troubled state of mind, according to The Sun.
Focusing on the topic of depression, it contained haunting lyrics including: “I don’t like my mind right now // Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary // Wish that I could slow things down.”
In the chorus, he talks about how he is dragging around issues that are bringing him down before chillingly adding: “If I just let go, I’d be set free.”
The track was written by bandmates Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, and Mike Shinoda, alongside Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter.
The band have said that lyrically, the inspiration for Heavy came from their conversations about frustrations and troubles in their own lives.
Mike previously revealed that Chester was really struggling on the day the song was written.
He told Billboard: “And I remember Chester walked in and it was, ‘Hey, how are you doing today?’ and he’s like, ‘OH, I’m fine,’ and we were hanging out for a minutes and he was like, ‘Y’know what? I have to be honest. I’m NOT fine. I’m NOT OK. Too much stuff is just happening to me. I just feel underwater.’
Heavy was the first single from the band’s seventh studio album One More Light.
Other tracks on the album include Nobody Can Save Me, Talking To Myself and Good Goodbye.
Chester reportedly took his own life and was found at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estate in Los Angeles just before 9am on Thursday TMZ reports.
Just a few days ago, Chester had been seen at a recording studio with his bandmates.
The Crawling hitmaker — who had three children with wife Talinda Bentley and another three from previous relationships — had struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse in the past and previously admitted he had considered suicide after being abused as a child by an older male.
He confessed to being a ”full blown, raging alcoholic” but had tried to put that behind him.
Speaking in 2011, he said: ‘’I don’t drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don’t want to be that person anymore.”
He also spoke frankly about being abused.
He said: ‘’If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder.”
The In the End hitmaker was also the singer in Dead by Sunrise, and performed as frontman for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015, as well as collaborating as a solo artist with the likes of his Santana, Motley Crue, his close friend Chris Cornell — who committed suicide in May — DJ Z-Trip and Handsome Boy Modeling School.
He also had movie roles in Saw 3D and both Crank films. (TheSun)
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Chester Bennington’s Kids: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Bennington was a proud father to six children. When he wasn’t on tour, Bennington loved spending time with his six little ones. Although he rarely shared photos of them, it was clear that he loved them very much.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Bennington Welcomed His First Son With Elka Brand
Bennington had one child, a son named Jamie, with former girlfriend Elka Brand. Jamie was born on May 12, 1996. He decided to adopt Brand’s son Isaiah. The adoption process was finalized in 2006.
Bennington was still close to Elka even after their split. They were able to raise their boys amicably. As evidenced by the photo below (which shows Bennington with the three women who birthed his children, Elka is on the far right).
2. He Had Another Boy With His First Wife
His second son was with his first wife Samantha Marie Olit. The two married in 1996 and welcomed Draven Sebastian six years later on April 19, 2002. Bennington and Olit split in 2005.
Draven Sebastian with his dad Chester Image Les enfants des stars
3. He Had 3 Children With His Second Wife
Bennington remarried in 2005. He and Talinda Bentley had three children together; a son named Tyler Lee, and two twin daughters, Lily and Lila.
His children were a big part of his everyday life. Although he kept his personal life private for the most part, he was a big family guy and really loved spending time with his kids.
“Let me give you a typical day. I’m a recovering alcoholic, that’s the first thing. I have a big family. I’ve got three kids in college, one in high school, one in fifth grade and twin girls who are 5; they are in pre-K. I have two pigmy goats, three bantam chickens, a tortoise, six dogs, two cats, fish, so I have a farm,” Bennington said during a 2016 interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal.
4. He Is a Godfather to 1 of Chris Cornell’s Kids
The day after Cornell was found dead, Bennington posted the following message on social media.
“Dear Chris, I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look on my wife’s face. She told me my friend has just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video of you singing ‘ A day in the life ‘ by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life. With all of my love. Your friend, Chester Bennington.”
5. He Stopped Touring With Stone Temple Pilots Because of His Kids
Earlier this year, Bennington opened up about his family, saying that he quit the Stone Temple Pilots tour because of his children.