Lead singer Chester Bennington of notorious American rock band, Linkin Park, has committed suicide at the age of 41. According to information told to TMZ by sources of Law Enforcement, Bennington hanged himself at a Palos Verdes Estates private residence in Los Angeles County, California. Bennington’s body was discovered Thursday morning before 9 A.M. and his death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office shortly after.
For many years, the singer struggled with drug and alcohol abuse problems. Bennington had stated in the past that he had contemplated committing suicide because of trauma that stemmed from being abused by an older male figure during his childhood.
American musician and lead vocalist, Chris Cornell, who was a dear friend of Bennington’s also took his own life by hanging in May of this year. Today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. On the day of Cornell’s suicide, Bennington wrote a warm-hearted open letter to him and posted it to Twitter, showing the world the beautiful influence Cornell had on the lives he touched.
Linkin Park paired up with their friends Blink 182 and was scheduled to perform two exclusive shows later this month. The shows, advertised as Blinkin Park, have been highly anticipated by fans of the band and American rock enthusiasts.
The 41-year-old singer leaves behind his wife and six children.
Do not hesitate to reach out if you are struggling. You are not alone and there is help. If you need help right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
Many people living with a substance use disorder are also struggling with a form of mental illness, such as depression. Drug and alcohol abuse is common among people who experience trauma from abuse. Adults such as Chester Bennington who suffered from physical abuse as a child are at greater risk for alcohol dependence or drug addiction due to the trauma that fuels their substance abuse. This is often what is referred to as co-occurring disorders, or a dual diagnosis.
Without help from addiction treatment and mental health specialists, co-occurring disorders will only continue to strengthen in severity and spiral out of control. If a person fails to seek professional help or stops receiving support to manage his or her co-occurring disorders, the result can be fatal. Certified dual diagnosis treatment programs can help people who are struggling with both a substance use disorder and mental illness take back control over their life.
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