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I just don't have the words! :sad:

 

 

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Dead at 41

Vocalist who also fronted Stone Temple Pilots takes own life in Los Angeles

 
By Kory Grow
2 hours ago  

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died of an apparent suicide by hanging Thursday morning, according to The Associated Press. The singer was 41. A representative confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone.

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 "Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, we were notified by law enforcement of a death in Palos Verdes Estates," Brian Elias, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner, tells Rolling Stone. "We responded to the scene and unfortunately confirmed that Mr. Chester Bennington was deceased at the scene."

Elias added that the coroner's department is currently conducting a death investigation, with more information set for release Thursday afternoon.

"Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true," Bennington's fellow Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda said on Twitter. "An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

Bennington's many fans, peers and collaborators in music and entertainment offered their condolences and shared their memories of the singer on social media, including Rihanna, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Chance the Rapper, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Adams, Pusha T and Jimmy Kimmel. Others, such as Thursday's Geoff Rickly and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, took the opportunity to speak out about the importance of addressing mental health issues as well.

"Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul," Warner Brothers Records CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his bandmates and his many friends. All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: we love you Chester and you will be forever missed."

Bennington's screamed and emotional vocals provided a gritty counterpoint to co-frontman Mike Shinoda's raps on the group's nu-metal hits like "In the End" and "One Step Closer." He sang the poppy melodies on the band's recent hit "Heavy," which featured singer Kiiara and reached Number Two on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart and Number 11 on the Top 40. In addition to working with Linkin Park, he also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015 and the side project Dead by Sunrise and supergroup Kings of Chaos.

 

 

Linkin Park were a breakout hit when they released their debut, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. Its blend of rap, metal and electronic music propelled it to Number Two on Billboard, and the RIAA has subsequently certified it diamond, signifying sales of more than 10 million copies. With the exception of 2014's The Hunting Party, which debuted at Number Three, each subsequent Linkin Park release would claim the Number One spot. Over the years, they've proven themselves to be a malleable act, focusing more on electronic music sometimes and harder rock at others, and even teaming with Jay-Z on the platinum-selling Collision Course EP in 2004 and Steve Aoki on the remix release A Light That Never Comesin 2014. Their most recent LP, One More Light, came out this past May. The band has won two Grammys.

 

Bennington was born March 20th, 1976 in Phoenix, the son of a police officer. He had a rough childhood and was molested and beaten up by an older friend beginning around age seven. "It destroyed my self-confidence," he told Metal Hammer. "Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn't want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience." 

When he was 11, his parents divorced and he was forced to live with his father. He eventually discovered drugs, taking opium, amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine alongside alcohol. "I was on 11 hits of acid a day," he told the magazine in 2016. "I dropped so much acid I'm surprised I can still speak. I'd smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out. Then I'd smoke opium to come down. I weighed 110 pounds. My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs. Every time I'd get a craving, I'd smoke my pot."

After a gang broke into a friend's house where he was getting high and pistol-whipped his friends, he ditched drugs in 1992, though addiction would creep back into his life later. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where he auditioned for the band that would become Linkin Park.

The band had formed as Xero in Agoura Hills, California in 1996, the brainchild of Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, drummer Rob Bourdon and turntablist Joe Hahn. After Bennington, who had been fronting the Phoenix alt-rock band Grey Daze, replaced original vocalist Mark Wakefield, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory lineup was set. 

Hybrid Theory came at the peak of the nu-metal explosion and quickly dominated the Billboard chart, thanks in part to heavy MTV airplay. The singles "One Step Closer," "Crawling" and "In the End" all charted high on the mainstream rock chart, and "In the End" also crossed over to the pop chart, reaching Number Two and becoming gold-certified. "Crawling" earned the band its first Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

 

 

Their 2003 follow-up, Meteora, was also a swift Number One, thanks in part to the success of the platinum single "Numb," which featured Bennington screaming about feeling turned off to the world. Their success led to a high-profile 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course – another Number One, platinum release that found them fusing their "Papercut" to his "Big Pimpin'" and "One Step Closer" to the rapper's "99 Problems." Their mashup of Linkin Park's "Numb" and Jay-Z's "Encore" won them a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

At the time of Linkin Park's early success, Bennington slipped back into addiction. "The tours we did in the beginning, everybody … was either drinking or doing drugs," Shinoda once told The Guardian. "I can't think of any that were sober." Bennington kicked drugs in 2006, though, and by the late 2000s, he was celebrating his sobriety and using it as fuel for his music. "It's not cool to be an alcoholic — it's not cool to go drink and be a dumbass," he told Spin in 2009. "It's cool to be a part of recovery. ... Most of my work has been a reflection of what I've been going through in one way or another."

Linkin Park's 2007 album, Minutes to Midnight, found them moving away from the aggression of their earlier nu-metal releases. Co-producer Rick Rubin helped them focus more on classic rock with shades of U2. The risk made for the hits "What I've Done," "Bleed It Out" and "Shadow of the Day," all of which were certified platinum and multi-platinum. 

 

 

In 2005, Bennington had put together Dead by Sunrise, a side project of songs that he felt didn't fit Linkin Park's style. "They were darker and moodier than anything I'd come up with for the band," he told Metal Hammer. "So I decided to work on them on my own." The band's lineup also featured members of Orgy and the Street Drum Corps, and their debut, 2009's Out of Ashes, reached Number 29 on the Billboard chart.

Linkin Park continued to blend atmospheric rock with electronics on 2010's A Thousand Suns (co-produced by Rubin) and 2012's Living Things. Despite the shift in sound, though, they were able to carry out the unlikely feat of claiming the Number One position on both the mainstream rock and alt-rock charts with 2012's "Burn It Down," on which Bennington sang full-throated and clear-voiced.

In 2013, he joined Stone Temple Pilots after the band fired frontman Scott Weiland. He'd previously performed the group's "Wonderful" with them in 2001 on the Family Values Tour. They put out the EP High Rise that year and toured frequently over the next two years. He decided to leave the band in 2015 to devote his time to Linkin Park and to his family. "I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up," he said at the time. "With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short." He later played with STP's Robert DeLeo again in the Kings of Chaos, a touring supergroup that plays covers; its lineup also featured members of Guns N' Roses, the Cult, Slipknot and ZZ Top during Bennington's stint.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park's 2014 LP The Hunting Party found them veering back toward harder rock to less commercial success. On their most recent album, this year's One More Light, they were exploring full-on pop. Facing a backlash from some older fans on how Linkin Park had softened its sound since Hybrid Theory, he told an interviewer, "It's a great record, we love it. Like, move the floop on." "Heavy," which features Bennington trading catchy verses with 22-year-old singer and songwriter Kiiara, had only made it into the middle-half of the pop chart at the time of the singer's death, though the album had debuted at Number One. The band had recently performed the album's title track, "One More Light," on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in tribute to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who had died of a suicide by hanging earlier this year. "Who cares if one more light goes out," he sang. "Well, I do." Linkin Park were slated to kick off a tour in support of

Outside of his main projects, Bennington made guest appearances on songs by Santana, Young Buck, Mindless Self Indulgence, DJ Lethal, Mötley Crüe and Chris Cornell, among others. He also appeared in two Crank movies and in Saw 3D.

Despite all of Linkin Park's album sales and Bennington's well-received with Dead by Sunrise and Stone Temple Pilots, he always tried to stay grounded. "The idea that success equals happiness pisses me off," he told Metal Hammer in 2016. "It's funny to think that just because you're successful you're now immune to the full range of the human experience. But we also realize that we're not kids any more, we're not youngsters with this teen angst and this feeling of 'why does the world piss me off?' and finding a way to express it. We have had a lot of success and there are a lot of great things going on for us, but there are things that really matter to us. When we talk about lyrical content we can't just go back to being that angry kid, we need to talk about something that makes sense to who we are today."

Bennington was married and had six children from two marriages.

This story is developing and will be updated.

 

 

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Nihil Obstat

Another reminder a little too late that mental health issues affect people all around us. We will never know exactly how many people struggle like this, but I pray that more and more frequently people will reach out to someone they love and trust for support when they start to feel that they have no other options.

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Mr Cameron

I've had two friends commit suicide this year. I can only imagine how this man's friends and family, and even followers, are feeling. I pray for his soul and for those involved. I wasn't much of a Linkin Park fan, but that's me: everyone has their own music taste. The guy was immensely talented and I'm positive he gave a release to many conflicted souls through his beautiful music and poetry. Bless him, may he sleep eternally with the Lord.

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SHADOW OF THE DAY
I close both locks below the window
I close both blinds and turn away
Sometimes solutions aren't so simple
Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

In cards and flowers on your window
Your friends all plead for you to stay
Sometimes beginnings aren't so simple
Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX9Ewp3Iqh4

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Anomaly

I understand the temptation to believe the answer to overwhelming pain and dark is to end it and leave.  The reality is, that hurt and dark remains and is simply transferred and magnified in the lives of loved ones left behind. 

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On 7/20/2017 at 4:08 PM, dominicansoul said:

Despite all of Linkin Park's album sales and Bennington's well-received with Dead by Sunrise and Stone Temple Pilots, he always tried to stay grounded. "The idea that success equals happiness pisses me off," he told Metal Hammer in 2016. "It's funny to think that just because you're successful you're now immune to the full range of the human experience. But we also realize that we're not kids any more, we're not youngsters with this teen angst and this feeling of 'why does the world piss me off?' and finding a way to express it. We have had a lot of success and there are a lot of great things going on for us, but there are things that really matter to us. When we talk about lyrical content we can't just go back to being that angry kid, we need to talk about something that makes sense to who we are today."

Words to appreciate. No doubt, suicide is (probably) always irrational and emotional, on some level. But, there is an objective desperation that can't be solved just by going to someone you love. Every person ultimately stands alone and has to face questions alone, and there aren't always answers to those questions. Like, "why doesn't success equal happiness"? A lot of what we do to be "successful" we only do out of necessity...if you want a career in music, there's a lot of stuff you have to do, not necessarily because you like talking to the media or being famous or whatever it is. That's just the only way to get at whatever it is you do want (or need). And when you reach that success, you have to wonder what it was all for...what's next, more success? At some point, you wake up and you are who and what you are...things you can't change, things you have to be, choices you have to live with. And, some people find salvation in cliches and self-help like AA. Fake it til you make it, if you have to. But, not everybody is wired that way. I can only imagine what it's like to be in prison for life, or even for decades...every day, the same routine, the same walls. I imagine depression of this sort is similar. Didn't know who this guy was until this news, but sounds like he was very self-aware. Maybe too self-aware. RIP.

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Seven77
On 7/24/2017 at 7:33 PM, dairygirl4u2c said:

 

SHADOW OF THE DAY
I close both locks below the window
I close both blinds and turn away
Sometimes solutions aren't so simple
Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

 
 

This is a good cover of that song although it can't beat the original:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8n9CfExUZs

 

 

On 7/24/2017 at 10:35 PM, Era Might said:

Words to appreciate. No doubt, suicide is (probably) always irrational and emotional, on some level. But, there is an objective desperation that can't be solved just by going to someone you love. Every person ultimately stands alone and has to face questions alone, and there aren't always answers to those questions. Like, "why doesn't success equal happiness"? A lot of what we do to be "successful" we only do out of necessity...if you want a career in music, there's a lot of stuff you have to do, not necessarily because you like talking to the media or being famous or whatever it is. That's just the only way to get at whatever it is you do want (or need). And when you reach that success, you have to wonder what it was all for...what's next, more success? At some point, you wake up and you are who and what you are...things you can't change, things you have to be, choices you have to live with. And, some people find salvation in cliches and self-help like AA. Fake it til you make it, if you have to. But, not everybody is wired that way. I can only imagine what it's like to be in prison for life, or even for decades...every day, the same routine, the same walls. I imagine depression of this sort is similar. Didn't know who this guy was until this news, but sounds like he was very self-aware. Maybe too self-aware. RIP.

It seems to me that there is a lot of truth to what you're saying.  Oftentimes people pursue different kinds of things to fill a void and then they realize that that thing, whatever it is, cannot fill it, they seek to end it all because there is no fulfillment in this life. In Chester's case, even though he was Greek Orthodox, he could not get that sense of fulfillment in this life… and when you factor in depression fully blown, it is like a prison most probably. Very sad. I wish that he would have been able to get some kind of help.

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Seven77

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXs_UB4rbxM

Should've stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can't keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you're angry, and you should be, it's not fair
Just 'cause you can't see it, doesn't mean it, isn't there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone's time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We're quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

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Anomaly

 

15 hours ago, Seven77 said:

Oftentimes people pursue different kinds of things to fill a void and then they realize that that thing, whatever it is, cannot fill it, they seek to end it all because there is no fulfillment in this life. In Chester's case, even though he was Greek Orthodox, he could not get that sense of fulfillment in this life… and when you factor in depression fully blown, it is like a prison most probably. Very sad. I wish that he would have been able to get some kind of help.

I believe that people's "voids" are often created by others and society.   We're all told to be as rich as Steve Jobs, or good looking like Patrick Swazey, or as generous as Mother Theresa, or as holy as Padre Pio, or as artistic as Michelangelo,  or something or someone significant.  

In reality, we've done a pretty spectacular job if we do just a little more good than we do bad in the long run.  If we can only appreciate and harvest a little satisfaction from the billions of small kindnesses we all do for each other in our seemingly meaningless and mediocre and failed at being significant lives, we wouldn't have the void.  We'd realize tat we already filled each other's and our own voids and can be happy.  

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Era Might
18 hours ago, Seven77 said:

It seems to me that there is a lot of truth to what you're saying.  Oftentimes people pursue different kinds of things to fill a void and then they realize that that thing, whatever it is, cannot fill it, they seek to end it all because there is no fulfillment in this life. In Chester's case, even though he was Greek Orthodox, he could not get that sense of fulfillment in this life… and when you factor in depression fully blown, it is like a prison most probably. Very sad. I wish that he would have been able to get some kind of help.

Exactly. There is always some fulfillment, but it's defined by others. We might wonder why an addict or a life-long bum doesn't get a job, clean himself up, go get some help, etc. That'd be some kind of fulfillment, at least in the minds of the people who define the fulfillment. In their minds, life is a simple process of play by the rules, get on to get on, etc. They're scandalized by the idea that someone else doesn't care about their rules. This is why I don't think "love" or "family" is the answer to everything. Sometimes the people you love and your family are the biggest problem, because they have their own ideas and contexts in which they live, and though you love them, you are not them. You can't conform to their little lives, maybe you have seen into some great truth, or maybe you just have some great energy that has no world in which to exist. There are geniuses and saints in the unlikeliest places, and they're in the unlikeliest places often because the likeliest places aren't worth being in. Reminds me of the movie "The Mission" when Robert DeNiro kills his brother, and the Jesuit comes to visit him in jail, and he says, "There is no penance hard enough for me," and the priest says, "But do you dare try it?" Then he has to carry all his soldiering equipment up to the mountains until he breaks, and only then could he find a new kind of love among the Indians, among strangers. This was the only kind of redemption that could have helped him...had he stayed there in the town, stayed with his family, stayed around people who wanted to "help" him, he would have died, he would have killed himself in prison. I never like to hear about people committing suicide, but, at the same time, I don't presume to think they could have been helped, or that we are so wonderful that we were the ones to help them. Like I said, every man has to stand alone in this life, every man has his own path. "Meteors are not needed less than mountains."

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Seven77
On 7/27/2017 at 3:53 PM, Era Might said:

Exactly. There is always some fulfillment, but it's defined by others. We might wonder why an addict or a life-long bum doesn't get a job, clean himself up, go get some help, etc. That'd be some kind of fulfillment, at least in the minds of the people who define the fulfillment. In their minds, life is a simple process of play by the rules, get on to get on, etc. They're scandalized by the idea that someone else doesn't care about their rules. This is why I don't think "love" or "family" is the answer to everything. Sometimes the people you love and your family are the biggest problem, because they have their own ideas and contexts in which they live, and though you love them, you are not them. You can't conform to their little lives, maybe you have seen into some great truth, or maybe you just have some great energy that has no world in which to exist. There are geniuses and saints in the unlikeliest places, and they're in the unlikeliest places often because the likeliest places aren't worth being in. Reminds me of the movie "The Mission" when Robert DeNiro kills his brother, and the Jesuit comes to visit him in jail, and he says, "There is no penance hard enough for me," and the priest says, "But do you dare try it?" Then he has to carry all his soldiering equipment up to the mountains until he breaks, and only then could he find a new kind of love among the Indians, among strangers. This was the only kind of redemption that could have helped him...had he stayed there in the town, stayed with his family, stayed around people who wanted to "help" him, he would have died, he would have killed himself in prison. I never like to hear about people committing suicide, but, at the same time, I don't presume to think they could have been helped, or that we are so wonderful that we were the ones to help them. Like I said, every man has to stand alone in this life, every man has his own path. "Meteors are not needed less than mountains."

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 That scene in the "The Mission" almost moved me to tears.

 I would agree that fulfillment is not always clear-cut, but at the same time, there is an objective sense of fulfillment for everyone. It's just the path of getting there is subjectively different for people. It's a matter of empathy, understanding, and discerning how to direct people towards their particular path for fulfillment, just as the Jesuit priest suggested that penance for Roderigo.

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5 hours ago, Seven77 said:

 That scene in the "The Mission" almost moved me to tears.

 I would agree that fulfillment is not always clear-cut, but at the same time, there is an objective sense of fulfillment for everyone. It's just the path of getting there is subjectively different for people. It's a matter of empathy, understanding, and discerning how to direct people towards their particular path for fulfillment, just as the Jesuit priest suggested that penance for Roderigo.

Yeah that movie is amazing. The scene where Robert DeNiro reads St. Paul's teaching on love gets me every time. Makes me want to be a Jesuit.

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Benedictus

I played lots of Linkin Park when I was working through and out some difficult times. So sad he is gone. The loss of Chris Cornell must have been tough on him. Prayers for all his friends and family. Prayers also for the Housekeeper who found him -  that must have been awful too. :(

 

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Chester's funeral was privately held on Saturday.  Here is what the Band Members gave out to attendees: lanyard tickets, pins, program and wristbands.  I particularly love the wristband that says, "GOD'S GOT THIS."

 

According to news reports, the Band and Chester's loved ones were completely surprised by his suicide.  Members of the band say Chester was extremely excited about the future, he was making plans for their upcoming tour and enthusiastically working on new material.  Makes me wonder...

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1 hour ago, dominicansoul said:

According to news reports, the Band and Chester's loved ones were completely surprised by his suicide.  Members of the band say Chester was extremely excited about the future, he was making plans for their upcoming tour and enthusiastically working on new material.  Makes me wonder...

I do think lots of people mask their interior worlds though -  partly as they're so complicated and layered. Spirals can be hard to see a way out of. But lots of suicides do seem impulsive though. There are accounts of survivors who have said they just come over with grief and emotion -  they were consumed - and then just did it. This makes sense I guess with those cases where people are sending emails, ordering stuff, making appointments for the future on the day they commit suicide. I read a case where a woman prepared dinner. Put it on the table for her family and then went and jumped off a building. It's scary on lots of levels!

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Seven77

There are a lot of commemoration kind of events all over the US… I think I'm

8 hours ago, dominicansoul said:

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Chester's funeral was privately held on Saturday.  Here is what the Band Members gave out to attendees: lanyard tickets, pins, program and wristbands.  I particularly love the wristband that says, "GOD'S GOT THIS."

 

According to news reports, the Band and Chester's loved ones were completely surprised by his suicide.  Members of the band say Chester was extremely excited about the future, he was making plans for their upcoming tour and enthusiastically working on new material.  Makes me wonder...

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 There are all these commemoration events all over the US… I think I would like to go to one of those.

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