On July 20th, 2017, a mind-numbing tragic news shook the world of music and its fans to the core.
Chester Bennington, frontman of one of the most iconic bands of our time, Linkin Park, was lost to suicide.
For many fans, the pain and tragedy of losing a voice from their youth is still quite green. And for these grief-stricken fans, what follows could be a painful blow to the heart.
Talinda Bennington, Chester’s wife, shared a video of her husband on twitter. It was shot a mere 36 hours before he committed suicide, to spread awareness about depression.
Even the prologue to her video tweet was heart-wrenching to read, and garnered encouragement from her followers.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 16, 2017
But it is Talinda’s words that will haunt you, as she points out a stark truth about how depression silently kills from the inside while the person suffering from it may look completely normal and joyful on the outside.
“This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loves us so much & we loved him.”
Ever since they lost Chester to depression, Talinda and Linkin Park have been trying to spread awareness about mental health. On September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, they took to Twitter to talk about the cause using hashtags like #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud.
There is a major misconception that individuals suffering from depression cannot experience happiness and joy. Talinda’s tweet makes her stand on this quite clear: nobody could know, looking at Chester then, that we would lose him to depression only days later.
Talinda’s powerful tweet has opened a meaningful dialogue about mental health awareness that will hopefully sustain into something that helps people with similar issues fight their battles and win.