R.I.P Chester Bennington: One Week Later

By Char Shields - July 27, 2017

It has been one week since the shocking news was announced that Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman, had committed suicide. Like a lot of people, I am still in complete shock.

I didn't believe it when I first saw it. I didn't want it to be true, I thought it was just some sick, twisted joke. But it wasn't.

Chester is my icon. I have looked up to him from a young age and I still can't quite comprehend that my hero is gone. But he will never be forgotten.

Chester and Linkin Park are the most influential musicians of this generation. Everyone has listened to them at some point and have been moved by them. Like many others, I grew up listening to Linkin Park. Their music helped me get through some tough times in my life and their lyrics mean a lot to me.

They were one of the first bands I ever listened to. My mum always played them and it wasn't long until I fell in love with them. I then later showed my cousin them and it wasn't long until she was in love too. They became our whole childhood.

Chester is one of the most talented vocalists. We have lost someone so important and it will take a long time to heal. He took a piece of all of us with him.

I still feel so shocked, heartbroken and devastated. I only saw him two weeks before he passed, for his last ever show in Birmingham. I was blown away by his talent. I couldn't believe I was seeing them for real. It really was a dream come true and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. Their talent and chemistry was incredible.

I was very moved when they performed the piano version of Crawling. I had tears in my eyes and I felt his pain. I didn't quite realise it at the time, but I did. Chester stood in the crowd and sung it, along with One More Light. This is a memory that fans won't forget, especially those stood in the crowd with him. I know I will never forget that night.

He is a huge loss to this world. My thoughts go out to this family, friends and the band. He was very brave to have battled for so long and he inspired so many people.

Mental health and suicide needs to be talked about more often. Don't make a big deal about it when a celebrity commits suicide and then just forget about it when the news dies down. It's just not good enough and people deserve more than that. Chester deserves more than that. Your friends and family deserve more than that. Mental illness is a killer and we need to tackle it. We need to stop being ashamed of talking about it and we need to stop putting down those who are brave enough to be open about it.

Seek help, talk to your friends who are suffering, let the stigma end.

If you are struggling then you should talk to a friend, family member or your GP. Talk to someone you trust.

You can also call the Samaritans: 116 123 (UK). They will talk to you and they will help you.

This could have been prevented. So many suicides could have been prevented.

It's time to talk about mental health and suicide and spread awareness. We need to join together and end the stigma.

Don't just forget.

"Who cares if one more light goes out? I do."

Until the next time,


R.I.P Chester Bennington

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