Usually, The Unbalanced Being of the Day discusses someone or something in the social, political world and it’s mostly done with satire. Our tongues are firmly in our cheeks when punching out these things, but today it is not. That’s because Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock group Linkin Park, has passed away at the age of 41, by suicide.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
“When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun,” he told The Guardian in 2011. “No one wants that to happen to you, and honestly, I don’t remember when it started.”
“I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry,” he said. “My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”
He battled his demons for years, but recently, he was said to be in good spirits.
To many, Bennington seemed to be in full recovery mode. Telling friends he had recently seen how happy he was. However, sometimes it’s those who make everyone around them happy, that find it hardest to be happy themselves when left to just their thoughts. It’s similar to the sad clown syndrome that Robin Williams battled.
Recently, his good friend Chris Cornell, of the band Soundgarden, also committed suicide after a life long battle with drugs and alcohol as well. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
It’s possible that this event triggered him down a path there was no coming back from. We will never know. All we do know is that he was hurting and he chose to end his life, leaving behind his wife and six children.
All our prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans today. We’re giving you big hugs and our sincere condolences.
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