There's a fairly ill-conceived notion in our society that if someone is planning to take their own life that the signs would be obvious. Yes, in some cases that's true. The individual suffering may withdraw into themselves, becoming less social and noticeably depressed. Other times, it's as if nothing is bothering them at all. Unfortunately, the latter was the case for 41-year-old Linkin Park lead vocalist, Chester Bennington.
Depression, like any other mental illness, is not one-size fits all. The symptoms manifest themselves differently in every individual — no matter how famous or family-oriented they may be. Bennington's wife, Talinda, understands this sentiment and is doing everything she can to bring awareness for those suffering with depression and their family members.
In September, she shared the following (heartbreaking) video of Chester interacting with his family, radiating the same kind-hearted, energetic spirit his fans knew him well for —
She hashtagged the Tweet with #F-ckDepression, a cause she strongly advocates for. In an interview with Motley Crue’s, Nikki Sixx, on the show Sixx Sense she detailed what that means to her and those in the community —
"Mike started #MakeChesterProud, which I thought was awesome, trying to spread positivity, so I tagged that. Somebody on Twitter said, ‘I’m so sick of being depressed all my life, [f-ck] depression.’ I read that, and I just heard Chester, because he was always saying the F word.”
As of today, Chester Bennington's official autopsy report has been released. It's not uncommon for individuals suffering from mental illness to self-medicate, unfortunately. As per to TMZ:
"Chester Bennington's autopsy shows he had a trace amount of alcohol in his system when he hanged himself. According to the autopsy and toxicology results, the Linkin Park singer's blood also tested "presumptive positive" for MDMA (ecstasy) ... based on one test. Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was Chester was not under the influence of drugs when he died. Authorities found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem — generic Ambien — on his dresser. There was also a pint glass of Corona, which was less than half full — and an empty bottle of Stella Artois."
While this report does confirm Chester was not under the influence during his time of death, it does lend itself to the idea that he was taking drugs and drinking alcohol to cope with his demons. TMZ reported that Chester told friends he was 6 months sober prior to his suicide. It's an unfortunate circumstance and we continue to share our condolences his family, friends, and fans.
If you or anyone you know are dealing with mental health issues, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here to help and you can call them at 1-800-273-8255 or on their livechat HERE.
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