On July 20 the world lost one of the champions of nu-metal to depression. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was found dead in his California home from an apparent suicide. In the wake of his death, his widow Talinda has spoken out about the impact his passing has had on their family and children, calling it a “Shakespearean tragedy.” Now, Talinda has released a family photo that was taken just days before his death.
She shared the post on Twitter and wrote, “This was days before my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know. #fuckdepression”
Bennington’s death struck a serious blow to the still mourning music world. His passing came only two months after the loss of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell who also died from suicide on May 18 in Detroit.
Linkin Park was days away from embarking on their “One More Light” tour with Machine Gun Kelly in support of the eponymously titled album. The tour was subsequently cancelled and in the months since Bennington’s death several artists have spoken out about the importance of mental health care and partnered with organizations like the You Rock Foundation to speak out about their own battles with depression and mental health disorders.