Chester Bennington's wife shares smiling picture of the singer in his final days
In July this year, the world was shocked by the death of 41-year-old Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. The musician, who had suffered from depression and addiction problems throughout his life, died by suicide at his home in Los Angeles.
In the wake of his death, Bennington's wife Talinda has been very open about her emotions surrounding the loss of her husband. Last month, she thanked those who had supported her through these understandably difficult times. "As the painful days go by," she wrote, "I am humbled by the endless love that we have received &am beyond moved by the endless global heartfelt tributes".
More recently, she tweeted a picture of herself and Chester with four of his children. In the photo, the singer can be seen smiling in the sunshine. "This was days b4 my husband took his own life," wrote Talinda. "Suicidal thoughts were there,but you'd. Never kmow (sic)."
Bennington himself was always open about his depression, too. In an interview with Music Choice earlier this year, the singer said that:
“My whole life, I’ve just felt a little off. I find myself getting into these patterns of behaviour or thought – especially when I’m stuck up here [in my head]; I like to say that, ‘This is like a bad neighbourhood, and I should not go walking alone.’”
It is thought that the death of Chris Cornell in May this year might have affected Bennington's decision to end his life. The pair had been close friends, and Chester had said he "can't imagine a world" without Chris after the Soundgarden singer's passing. Bennington died on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Talinda, who married Chester in 2006, has been posting messages of encouragement on social media to anyone else who is in a similar position to either herself or her late husband. Last week, she quote-tweeted a fan, Annette Witherington, whose father had committed suicide when she was only twelve years old. Witherington said that "nobody taught" her that suicide was not an option, to which Talinda responded: "We plan on teaching everyone it is not".
She has also retweeted positive messages from mental health charities, and encourages people to perform productive actions in memory of the Linkin Park singer. Using the hashtag #makechesterproud, Talinda has highlighted many instances of fans channelling their love and respect for Bennington in a positive way.
Depression and other mental health problems can be extremely difficult to deal with and, as the photo of Chester shows, they're not always obvious to other people. Talinda is now doing her best to change this stigma towards mental illness, and is reminding those who are affected by such problems to seek help in any way possible.
"I'm going to spend the rest of my life for this cause," she wrote in another tweet. "My grandkids won't know about mental stigmas!"
The loss of Chester Bennington was a difficult one for many people to deal with, but it is at least comforting to know that Talinda has turned it into something positive.
If you or anyone you know have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact Your Life Your Voice on 1 800 448 3000, Samaritans on 116 123 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 1 800 273 8255. For recorded information, call Mind on 0300 123 3393.