Music lovers all over the world got some tragic news this morning, Chester Bennington was found dead at age 41 from an apparent suicide.
Bennington was found dead, hanging in his Palos Verdes house, and although not much else is known at this time, Bennington has been vocal about his rough past, saying that he had been abused and molested as a child.
"It destroyed my self-confidence,” he said in an interview with 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."
At the age of 11, Bennington started using hard drugs like opium, amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine. "I was on 11 hits of acid a day," he told the magazine. "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."
You can read the full story on the singers life and musical career here on Rolling Stone.
Bennington’s death is a reminder that mental health is a serious issue. If you see someone struggling, or you yourself are struggling, we encourage you to reach out.
For more, check out the Campaign to Change Direction who is working to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.
We also encourage you to check out Music for Relief - a nonprofit founded by Chester and Linkin Park.
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