Death of Chester Bennington. Linkin Park
“Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers…
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
Or quicker, quicker…”
His music inspires, motivates and makes us think about important things in life. Chester Bennington is not only a talented singer with a unique, beautiful voice, but also a wonderful person, a good friend, and father, whose heart is full of kindness, warmth, and sincerity. I do not want to use a world “was”… no, in this article I want to avoid past tense because for me Chester is alive and I have no doubts that for million fans he will always be alive in his songs. As they say, if the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. His suicide was a huge shock for everybody, even for the closest people. I am not going to judge him for this step or blame him in something. Anyway, it was his own decision and no one has the right to judge him for it (maybe except his children).
About Linkin Park group leader’s death became known on 20 July. Chester Bennington hanged himself in his own house. After the publication of this terrible news in the media, one question began to torment all “Why did he do this?” and it goes without saying that a lot of versions were proposed:
– alcohol and drug addiction;
– sexual abuse in childhood;
– prolonged depression;
– criticism of the new album “One More Light”;
– suicide of his close friend, a famous singer, the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave Chris Cornell.
To tell the truth, personally, I think that all this affected his state of soul and decision to leave this world. But the last event, I mean a suicide of Chris Cornell was one of the most painful scars in Chester’s heart. Chester Bennington even sang at his funeral and then wrote very touching letter in his honor and memory, where were written the following words: “I cannot imagine a world without you”. Besides that, it goes without saying that the fact that Chester committed suicide on Chris’s Birthday is not just a coincidence.
Chester Bennington’s songs are the best mirror of his inner world, of his thoughts, dreams, fears, and soul. Even the names of songs from his last album can say a lot… for example “Heavy”, “Good Goodbye”, “Talking to Myself” or “Nobody Can Save Me”. Yes, Chester, unfortunately, nobody could save you, but in one thing you can be sure – you will never be forgotten. You will always live in our hearts. Maybe it sounds banal, but it is the truth.