It was just a few moments ago I was shocked beyond words. The lead singer of Linkin Park died by hanging himself. Chester had so many more years left to give us. He always seemed like he loved being on stage and meeting the fans. I honestly thought this story was another Twitter “rip” thing that always happens to celebrities. Usually just made up garbage so when I saw the trend I took it with a grain of salt. Until I started seeing credible sources break the news and it’s like my world stopped turning. I wasn’t that big on Linkin Park’s music but nobody can deny the talent Chester had. He was one of the best in the world.
Chester had said in the past he thought about suicide because he was abused as a child by an older male. He was also close with Chris Cornell who also took his life by hanging himself. Chester had overcome alcoholism, which is never an easy thing. If I can sit hear today and teach anything it’s about mental health. I suffer from it. Many people suffer from it. Sometimes the person that everyone else sees on the outside isn’t the same person who fights the demons in their head on the inside. Many people think depression is made up. “suck it up” or “life sucks bro get over it” are things I hear constantly. There’s no switch we can turn on and off. It eats away at us everyday and we have to fight it everyday. It’s sad to say but Chester was tired of fighting.
The only thing we can do now is send out our prayers to Chester and his friends and family. Chester is finally at peace. As much as we would have wanted him to be with us for many more decades would you really want him to be depressed everyday? Linkin Park and Chester will always live on. If anybody reading this is suffering from depression please take the necessary steps to get the help you need. There are always people who care about you and want to help.