World Suicide Prevention Day is the day to remember some of the world's greatest artists.
It doesn't matter who you are, it seems that depression will almost certainly affect your life in some way. Whether its your own struggles or those of a friend, mental health issues are extremely common. On World Suicide Prevention Day, we look at the ultimate worst case scenario of such problems - and for the music world, that has meant the loss of some of the most remarkable talents of our time.
1. Ian Curtis (1956 - 1980)
The Joy Division frontman was just 23 when he took his own life, and just two albums into his career. He had been suffering from depression as well as increasing anxiety surrounding his epilepsy, which he felt would prevent him from being able to perform onstage. His wife Deborah discovered his body in their home on the eve of their debut North American tour. He also left behind a baby daughter named Natalie.
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Bennington was found dead by suicide on July 20th, 2017.
The remaining members of the hugely popular band, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson, took to Instagram to make a heart-felt tribute to Bennington on Friday (July 20th), the day which marked exactly a year since his suicide.
“To our brother Chester,” they wrote. “It has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it [still] feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts — our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.”
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is set to perform his first solo show since the tragic death of Chester Bennington in July 2017.
The 'In The End' rocker has previously confirmed the band will continue after they've taken time away after their frontman and friend committed suicide in July 2017, and now he is set to take to the stage on his own this summer.
Shinoda has been confirmed for this year's Summer Sonic festival in Japan, which takes place in both Osaka and Chiba in August, and he will join a stellar lineup including the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Continue reading: Mike Shinoda Set For Solo Show
He had apparently consumed a small amount of beer before his suicide.
The details of Chester Bennington's autopsy has finally been revealed to the public, revealing that he had a trace amount of alcohol in his system at the time of his death, as well as possible methamphetamine. The entire report gives the entire scene on heartbreakingly graphic detail.
Linkin Park performing live in London
While the 41-year-old Linkin Park frontman was certainly not intoxicated when he committed suicide in July this year, his toxicology report shows that he had in fact consumed alcohol close to the time of his death. He was also tested for Zolpidem; a prescribed drug for insomnia.
Continue reading: Toxicology Reveals Chester Bennington Had Alcohol In His Blood
Chester Bennington grinning from ear to ear as he sings along with Ken Jeong.
Linkin Park have finally unveiled the shelved episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring Ken Jeong, shot less than a week before Chester Bennington committed suicide. But far from being a joyful moment from the rock singer, it just marks the perfect example of how you can never tell what depression looks like.
Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
It is by far the silliest episode of Carpool Karaoke ever thanks to Ken Jeong who hosted it in lieu of James Corden, but the humour is underlined by the fact that just 6 days after it was filmed, Chester committed suicide following a long battle with depression.
The producer is giving proceeds from the remix to charity.
Chester Bennington gets another sensational musical tribute, this time from his friend and collaborator Steve Aoki who has dropped a new mash-up of two songs featuring the Linkin Park singer entitled 'Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds' (Chester Forever Remix). All profits from the song's sales will go to charity.
Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
The new song is a medley of Aoki's 2015 single 'Darker Than Blood' featuring Linkin Park from 'Neon Future II', and 'A Light That Never Comes' which was his first collaboration with the band released for their 2013 remix album 'Recharged'. All proceeds from the single will be donated to Music for Relief, a charity the band set up back in 2004.
Fans will finally get the opportunity to get involved in a public event honouring the star.
It has been more than a month since the tragic untimely death of Chester Bennington and tributes have been pouring in everywhere. His band, Linkin Park, have just revealed that they plan to launch a very special event in the near future, to celebrate his life properly with the fans.
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
Linkin Park announced yesterday (August 22nd 2017) that they will be holding an official public memorial in Los Angeles soon in honour of their deceased friend. There's no word yet on what kind of event it will be, though a concert seems very likely, but they are sure to unveil a date and details very soon.
Continue reading: Linkin Park To Hold Public Memorial For Chester Bennington
Slipknot's Corey Taylor says Chester Bennington was a ''sweetheart of a guy'' and people can't understand the pain he was dealing with.
The 43-year-old singer was close friends with the Linkin Park star - who died by suicide earlier this year - and Corey has defended him against people who called him ''cowardly'' for the way he died.
Explaining that Chester battled with mental health issues, Corey explained on 'Larry King Now': ''Unless you've walked in those shoes, you don't understand the pain, the weight of carrying that along, and there's no right way to deal with it,'' Corey said. ''There's no universal fix-all. So you spend your whole life trying to find what works for you. I am just glad I got the time I had with him.''
Continue reading: Corey Taylor Praises 'sweetheart Of A Guy' Chester Bennington
She performs the Leonard Cohen classic for her father and Chester Bennington with OneRepublic.
Of all the Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington tribute performances we've seen so far, this rendition of 'Hallelujah' by the former's daughter is definitely the most heart-rending. The young Toni Cornell was a pillar of strength as she remembered her father with this classic tune on TV.
Chris Cornell and Toni Cornell pictured in 2016
12-year-old Toni Cornell took to the stage on 'Good Morning America' today (August 4th 2017) to pay tribute to her father, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and his friend, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, with a dedicatory performance of Leonard Cohen's 1984 hit 'Hallelujah'.
Continue reading: Chris Cornell's Daughter Has Audience In Tears With 'Hallelujah' Tribute
Who knew 'Crawling' done by Coldplay could be so listenable?
Chris Martin has just paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a sensational cover of Linkin Park's hit single 'Crawling' during a Coldplay performance in New Jersey earlier this week. It's a far cry from the original, but it's certainly a tear-jerker.
Chester Bennington performing with Linkin Park live in Brixton
The Coldplay frontman played a piano cover of the 2001 single during their show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey last night (August 1st 2017) and it proved to be quite the perfect tribute to his Linkin Park counterpart - even if he slipped up at the beginning and had to restart.
Continue reading: Chris Martin's Tribute To Chester Bennington Is Beautiful
Chester Bennington and Talinda - Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Talinda Ann Bentley Sunday 20th May 2012 2012 Billboard Music Awards, held at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park and Talinda - Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and his wife Talinda Los Angeles, California - Celebrities arriving at the Staples Center for the Lakers game Tuesday 12th April 2011