Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington is no more as he was found dead at 41 in an apparent suicide. He will be missed for all his contributions that he has made in all the genres of music.
His death is also a shock as he ended his life on the day when Cornell’s turned 53. According to TMZ reports Bennington appears to have hung himself in almost the same way his friend did.
He was ofcourse successful person in his professional life, but before reaching at this height he had to face many ups and down that many of us might not know.
And these lines proved to be so true in his case:
'I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter'
So here are some of unknown facts about the lead singer:
In an interview, Bennington revealed that he suffered sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. He was scared to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until the age of 13. The abuse and situation at home affected him so much that he felt the urge to kill and run away. To comfort himself, he drew pictures, and wrote poetry and songs.
He was physically bullied in high school. In an interview, he said: “I was knocked around like a rag doll at school, for being skinny and looking different.”
Bennington took interest in music at a young age, citing bands Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as his early inspirations, and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots.
Bennington’s parents divorced when he was 11 years old, and his father gained custody of him.
After the divorce, Bennington started abusing marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD.
Bennington and bandmate Mike Shinoda sat down for an interview in which Bennington addressed his depression. “Life got really weird and really hard, all at one time,” he said. “That took me into a depression that was really hard to get out of.
He worked at a Burger King before starting his career as a professional musician.
Bennington’s relationship with his first wife declined during his early years with Linkin Park, and they divorced in 2005. Later Bennington married Talinda Ann Bentley, a former Playboy model, with whom he had three children: Tyler Lee Bennington and twins Lilly and Lila (born 2011). The wedding ceremony was custom-designed.
Chester has done work and promotions with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlor in Tempe, Arizona. Club Tattoo is owned by Sean Dowdell, Bennington’s friend since high school. They played together in two bands.
Early suicide prediction:
According to Digital Spy, Bennington did an interview with another news outlet in 2009 where he revealed that he considered suicide after his first marriage. I felt like my life's work had been given away. I drank myself to the point where I couldn't leave the house and I couldn't function,” the singer said. I wanted to kill myself. I could very easily not be the person who's sitting here right now. I could be dead. It was a horrible, horrible existence.”