Rock band Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington, and Soundgarden’s lead vocalist, Chris Cornell, were good friends who’d toured and performed together. Unfortunately, their association recently became tragic, as Bennington committed suicide on Cornell’s birthday. This came not even two months after the Soundgarden singer took his own life.
Both men struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and Bennington had spoken openly about his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. Momentous occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be triggers of intense emotions for people who have lost loved ones to suicide – increasing that person’s very own risk. For anyone who has experienced a loss by suicide, it’s important to plan in advance of dates like these in an effort to make the day more bearable.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) board member and vice president of suicide prevention group Six Feet Over, says that Bennington's fans may now be dealing with their own complicated feelings over the singer's death. In the wake of death by suicide, having casual conversations can make a big difference.
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