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Symbolism Analysed as Linkin Park Frontman Commits Suicide



Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on July 20.

The coroner’s office was called out to his home in Palos Verdes Estates shortly after 9 a.m. last Thursday whe it was determined that the singer hanged himself. He was 41 years old and is survived by his wife, Talinda Ann Bennington and six children from two marriages – Jamie 21, Isaiah 19, Draven 15, Tyler Lee 11 and twins Lily and Lila aged 7.

They were not at the house when the incident took place and it is believed that he was alone. An employee found him in the morning.

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Bennington’s band was very successful.

Their most famous album is “Hybrid Theory” from 2000 with Bennington’s heartfelt vocals leading the way.

The band achieved worldwide success with the 2004 “Numb/Encore”, a mash up with rapper Jay Z. This single was featured on a collaborative album “Collision Course”, and won a Grammy Award in 2006 for best rap/sung collaboration.  His lyrics often focused on personal struggle, depression and addiction.

Drug Abuse

Chester was always open about his troubled past. He started smoking at eleven years old when his parents divorced, which later lead to cocaine and methamphetamine use.

“I was on 11 hits of acid a day. I dropped so much acid I’m surprised I can still speak! I’d smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out. Then I’d smoke opium to come down.”

He also suffered physical and sexual abuse as a child.

“I remember that stuff happening to me and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry,” he said in an interview. “My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

Symbolics

The singer’s suicide happened on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden frontman, who committed suicide by hanging in May.  At his memorial service, Bennington paid tribute to him by performing a heartbreaking version of Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah. The date may bear some importance since psychiatrists say that birthdays and anniversaries can be triggers of intense emotions for people who have lost loved ones to suicide thus increasing that person’s very own risk.

“Anniversaries bring up the fact that the person isn’t with us anymore,” says Julie Cerel, president of the American Association of Suicidology said. “It becomes a time of risk for people who are hopeless and hurting.”

His friends and family were really shocked by the event since they thought he was doing just fine. He was smiling, enjoying while recording new songs and the band was set to kick off a tour next week.

 

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