Chester Bennington’s Widow Reveals How Chris Cornell Suffered ‘Drug Induced Delirium’

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You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Late Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda discussed the death of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in a new Instagram post.

“Thanks so much for all of your support and views to the #BellLetsTalkDay lifestream! I wanted to take this opportunity to point out that while the circumstances leading up to mine and Vicky Cornell’s husband’s passing, although both are shocking and tragic, were very different.

It is extremely important we are all aware that it’s not just depression and ideation that can take a life. As a close friend and a mental health advocate, I can share that Chris did not have depression at the time of his death nor did he suffer from any suicidal ideation – but a drug induced delirium.

Everyone’s experience is different and should never be bundled into a one size fits all. Chris Cornell’s story is an extremely important lesson from as well.”

Cornell’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging in May 2017 by medical examiners. Chester Bennington’s death was also ruled a suicide by hanging in July 2017.

Talinda Bennington also shared the following heartwarming story recently on Instagram about her late husband.

“Shortly before Chester passed, he received this dog tag from a veteran. On it says, ‘WITHOUT COURAGE, WISDOM BEARS NO FRUIT.’ I found this after he passed, at a time when I needed to hear it the most. So I want to pass that to you. Now you know – we’ve shared this wisdom with you, but it takes courage. And I wish that courage to every one of you to take care of yourselves.

  • makingconnections

    This “drug-induced delirium” statement is ridiculous, no matter who’s saying it. Psychiatrists have a difficult time sometimes assessing a person’s mental health. I know this to be a fact. Depression can be masked by anxiety and on and on.
    It’s good that we want to help each other, but the “armchair psychiatrists” commenting on Chris Cornell state of mind are too much.

    • María

      Even for health professionals it is very difficult to diagnose a depression. It has so many manifestations, in each individual it acts in a different way. It seems to me that Talinda has made an unfortunate move with this comment. All the great campaign that she was doing came down for this.

      • Kay B

        I like Talinda but this was unfortunate. I am sure Vicky pleaded with her to say something socially.

        • María

          Or maybe she was going to be harassed by social networks. As they did with Peter. It is evident that what she said in that conference is what she really thinks, but they kindly asked her to change her speech to adjust it to what Vicky believe what happened

      • makingconnections

        That was my first thought Maria..Oh no, we just lost a strong voice for good. It’s an example of “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing”. I know a little about the delirium they’re speaking of, which can plague the elderly who are becoming demented…I don’t think you’re doing a major performance..signing autographs…talking on the phone they suddenly are struck with “Benzo Delirium”; however, I’m not a psychiatrist, so I’m expressing my opinion. When will this nonsense stop!!!

        • Nicola

          Tox report proved his benzo levels were low therapeutic range, plus he was experienced user of the drug. Benzo delerium is a manufactured excuse out of Vicky, prelude to a lawsuit perhaps, or a means to absolve her guilt over her role, or worse a deflection to hide a murder?

          • Kay B

            Lawsuit I agree.

          • Olga Stewart

            Well, if someone decides to stop medication (after reading those above mentioned words in the article) and they end up either harming themselves or worse, that could be another lawsuit.

            So this is very irresponsible to say something like this.

  • Kay B

    How can anyone but Chris say he didn’t have depression? he is the only one who knew if he was depressed or not. Yes I am sure the drug made it easier for him to do so. But to fasten an exercise belt and then hang it from a clip which was pushed so hard into the door frame? To lock two doors? He knew what he was doing. #Nomorebullshit.

    • Violet Guevera

      its complete fucking bullshit. “drugs made him do it”….that fucking ativan probably kept him going, tbh…but wtf were the barbituates in his system? “Vicky” knows wtf was up with Chris…and his depression…no doubt shes caused much of it imo…I’d loved to know what was said during their last phone call….Cornell wanted to die…that shit was well planned out.

      • Kay B

        I think the phone call is key. Let us remember she told the bodyguard to tell the desk to let him in Chris’ room it was an emergency. How did she know that? Because he was on the phone acting in an emergent way that is how.

        • Violet Guevera

          agree. phone call & bodyguard key

      • Jay Valente

        Listen to the song scream by Chris

      • mypat623

        The barbiturate in his system could have been from a Fioricet type med, use for tension headaches. It contains butalbital, (which is a barbiturate) acetaminophen, (Tylenol) and caffeine. I have been on both meds at the same time. I never experienced any type of “Delirium”. That’s not to say no one could. Everyone does not react the same way on meds. To say it was not depression, but delirium is irresponsible like someone else stated. She is not a mental health provider. Some families are embarrassed by depression. Thinking it’s a sign of weakness. Why come out with this now? Does the pot need to be stirred again?

    • Jay Valente

      He did say it, in all his songs

      • Violet Guevera

        “nothing can do me in before I do myself”….lyrics from how many years ago?

      • Kay B

        He certainly did.

      • Olga Stewart

        Yes, he did.

      • Cristiann

        To be fair Chris sang about a lot of different things in his music. And honestly, I don’t think any of us should be pretending like we knew him simply by listening to his songs.

        What people should be pointing out is that Chris actually spoke quite openly about depression in general. He admitted several times that it was something he struggled with it at different points in his life.

  • Olga Stewart

    Talinda seems to have changed her mind about what happened to Chris.

    And I’m a bit disappointed in her.

    The tox screen came back clean. So it wasn’t drugs that he passed away from.

    Only Chris knew what was going on in his mind. No one else.

    So to say that you know what caused his death presumptuous, disrespectful, and hurtful.

    Also, unless you’re a medical professional qualified in the field of mental health issues, then I think you should not be making statements about something you don’t understand.

  • makingconnections

    The comment that bothers me besides the “drug-induced delirium” is that he didn’t suffer any “suicidal ideation”….speaking as a friend, one would know this for a fact? Suicidal ideation is another way of saying a person has obsessive thoughts about suicide. Chris himself spoke of having these thoughts so how do these women feel they have the knowledge of what state he was in when he died? They both should leave the subject alone–it’s sliding downhill again.

  • QTPI40

    So Talinda is a “mental health advocate”. Can she now diagnose depression? Or did she just get her Clinical Psychology degree. She admitted she did not know her own husband was depressed. How can she say for certain Chris wasn’t? Shame on you people for continuing to disgrace his legacy with this false narrative.

    • Kay B

      You bring up a good point that she didn’t recognize the depression in Chester. She must have after his previous attempt. That is why I think Vicky may be pulling some strings. Either that or she is being bullied.

      • QTPI40

        I definitely don’t see Talinda as someone who would let herself be bullied. She is just regurgitating the bs that Vicky told her to say. I have lost a lot of respect for her.

        • Hawk_i71

          It’s a high possibility; this is Hollywood and if you don’t comply to some kind sick conspiracy, they will destroy you and your family. They bully entertainers often. Very often…

          • QTPI40

            You make a good point. I just did not see her as being that type of person, but now I and thousands of others realize she will just do as told.

          • Hawk_i71

            Thank you and yes, you’re right; she sold out. More is to come…

      • makingconnections

        I wonder if the fact that the fans have stopped protesting the dishonour to Chris Cornell with the benzo-delirium talk and their desire to have things be peaceful for his children hasn’t made the Vicki PR Campaign almost start over again in their efforts to control the narrative. This is actually very strange…the first time we’ve heard such talk from Talinda Bennington and Peter Cornell speaking differently last week as well. Are people being pressured to fall in line?

        • Kay B

          I agree it is strange. I can see Peter just making it so he can see his nieces and nephews without friction. But yes both of them he and Talinda seem to be acting differently. Talinda I believe never said Chris committed suicide but it seemed to me she was willing to accept that he did. I don’t know strange.

          • Trovoid

            Just a week or two ago Talinda mentioned Chris taking his own life and how she thought that Chester would never do the same after seeing how it affected Vicky and the children. I KNEW Vicky wouldn’t like the way Talinda phrased that. Everyone’s trying to be so careful for her sake.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, I think for the sake of Chris’s children especially, people want the “airwaves” to be toned down. It seems as though Mom just can’t stop herself…and then what everyone wants for the children is never allowed to be.
            I’ve been wondering why Vicky insists on being a voice on social media. She speaks on justice issues especially, I suppose to be what she and Chris were, but I’m thinking there are some things that will never be forgotten and her voice will never be that of a celebrity that can influence people to care…there’s too much water under the bridge. I’m sure she could do her life’s work in another way, where she’s not so public. I know about working in the background on issues I care about, out of necessity to not bring attention, being the wife of ………… It can be very pleasing to work in the background. Your ego stays out of it and you are doing what you do because it’s important and that’s all.

          • Trovoid

            Unfortunately Vicky can’t step away from her ego. It goes back to what you were saying about all of the sexual harassment cases. There are different ways to get involved with these sort of things, not everything needs to be made public. Vicky probably feels that she owned Chris and because of that she thinks she owns the public narrative. I was actually really upset to read this the other day, I had just complimented Talinda for being wise and understanding mental health. This all makes me so angry. 9 months later and Chris would be horrified by all of this.

          • makingconnections

            It’s very frustrating Trovoid. Somehow, what was a sad and disturbing passing by a much-loved musician has turned into this. Vicki Cornell has to lead the way at this point; her insistence on being heard and agreed with is making a fiasco out of a terrible loss. Sometimes we just have to swallow our pride and do what’s best for everyone in our family. I speak this way out of real knowledge. Being what we consider to be “right” causes so many problems and so we’re back to the Buddhist “non-dualistic thinking” teaching. If only we could just be, knowing the situation isn’t black and white.

          • Trovoid

            Definitely. I sometimes wonder what the kids think (being told that their godfather commit suicide but their father didn’t). I know I’d be confused at that age to experience both of those deaths and be told that one was because of mental health and the other was because of drug delirium. You would think that two close friends could defeat the stigma together. Vicky is suffering from some extreme cognitive dissonance and it’s not healthy at all. People need to stop thinking they are helping her by avoiding the truth.

            It troubles me that Chris married such a woman. I can’t believe how such a wise man had such poor judgment. He was never focused on being right and seemed to understand non-dualistic thinking more than most people.

          • Trovoid

            Quote in case you’re interested, chica:

            “We had a very, very dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his own life. And I felt that, ‘Okay, Chester sees what Vicky [Chris’s wife] and [their] kids’ — we’re godparents to their children — ‘what they’re going through and this will never happen.'”

          • Kay B

            Interesting.

        • QTPI40

          You are right. This came right after the whole “stop bullying the children” thing. I guess they thought his fans would stay quiet and not protest the narrative this time to protect the kids. Looks like that little plan didn’t work.

          • Trovoid

            I’m confident that Susan is honest with Lily and has talked to her about her father’s struggles with depression. I wonder if the rest of the family tries to convince Lily that it wasn’t a suicide.

          • Kay B

            I agree. Lily is probably in the middle and possibly really confused. I think I would be.

        • Trovoid

          You’re spot on. I posted the quote below but I’ll post it again:

          “We had a very, very dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his own life. And I felt that, ‘Okay, Chester sees what Vicky [Chris’s wife] and [their] kids’ — we’re godparents to their children — ‘what they’re going through and this will never happen.'”

          Talinda must have gotten backlash for the way she phrased this. I bet it didn’t make Vicky happy.

      • Hawk_i71

        You’re right, she could be forced to say these things.

    • María

      Even from a clinical point of view, the comment she has made, not even a health professional would. To make a diagnosis, you must first interview the person, know their life history, background, etc. The rest is pure conjecture. Even we, who are health professionals, ask us to be prudent with what we say, and we do not make hasty diagnoses and only based on the observable. What this woman did is absolutely irresponsible, above all, because there are many people who take it as a reference. It is contradictory because it perpetuates the stigma it is supposed to fight.

      • QTPI40

        Thank you. Medical or psychiatric diagnosis is based on the results of diagnostic testing on the patient. Opinions from people who are not medically qualified to make a diagnosis mean absolutely nothing.

        • John Doe

          Psychiatric diagnosis are not scientific and don’t compare them with medical. They have nothing to do with medicine and science. Psychiatrists claim to read minds, medical doctors prevent and cure disease. What you say means nothing.

          • QTPI40

            So I suppose all of the peer reviewed medical journals regarding depression and psychology/psychiatry degrees mean nothing? I suppose chemical imbalances in the brain that can be a factor causing a patient’s depression has nothing to do with medicine? You do know that psychiatrists diagnose and treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and many other neurological disorders right? Psychiatrists have doctorate degrees that enable to asses patients, perform diagnostic testing, and prescribe medications. What YOU say not only means nothing, but is grossly inaccurate.

          • Olga Stewart

            I just shake my heads at these people who come on here to try and kick up a fuss.

            But I also feel sorry for them.

            Sigh.

          • QTPI40

            You do realize that psychiatrists do go to medical school right? You may want to do a little research before you post next time.

          • Kay B

            What do you know about science? Or medicine? Why do I have a feeling you believe the Bible is real?

          • Diane Neame

            You do realise, that before you are a Psychiatrist, you are a medical doctor 1st. It takes 13yrs all up. To study medicine, there are science papers involved. Mind reading, interesting, but sorry to burst your bubble, Psychiatrists don’t read minds they treat your mental illness, exactly like a doctor does, which is what a Psyciatrist is, but with an extra 7 yrs training and mental illness is a disease. So sorry John Doe, what your saying is complete rubbish. There are Psychologist that teach you to change the negative way you think and they are not medical doctors, although they have to study for 6-7 yrs to become a qualified Psychologist. I’m interested to know where you got your jumbled information

          • Violet Guevera

            loool. psychiatrists ARE medical doctors

      • John Doe

        How can psychiatrists diagnose someone with no laboratory and imaging tests?. Psychiatry has no tests to prove any of their invented diseases. The only person who knows Chris Cornell is his family not psychiatrists. What his wife said is 100% accurate. The drugs were the cause of Chris Cornell’s death.

        • Kay B

          Invented? His cause of death was hanging. The drugs were in therapeutic ranges.

          • Olga Stewart

            This ‘John Doe’ is starting to sound like a minion.

            Or maybe he or she is one.

          • Kay B

            Clouds.

          • Olga Stewart

            Haven’t seen that name around here for a while.

        • Diane Neame

          It’s a shame you are so uneducated in the field of psychiatry, Ativan is a mild sedative, that he’d been on for awhile for anxiety, that’s an actual fact and for your information, family don’t always know, because we are good at hiding our illness. If you want to believe Vicky, that’s up to you, but don’t tell people, on here, that have way more experience in mental illness and it’s effect, than you and others that hasn’t suffered and have no idea of what it’s like. John Doe, i think you might be a troll, you shouldn’t stir shit, just to get reactions, even though we have reacted, it’s just hard to believe you are serious in what your saying.

          • María

            You should not even bother answering this idiot. Even a child knows psychiatry is a branch of medicine. But, yes, the opinion of the widow of a rock star has more validity than years oficina research , with field studies and permanent updating. With this I am not saying that what the medicine says is 100% true. In fact I am against the indiscriminate use of DSM and that now every event of everyday life is a disorder.
            These minions make it very easy.

          • Diane Neame

            There was a lot of close family members, that had no idea, how much I wanted to die. If you want out, because you think nothing is helping you and you feel you can’t take what’s going on, you’ll keep alot of things, to yourself. Sorry 35 yrs of personal experiences as well as learning all about the different mental illnesses, I feel I know somethings, not all

        • Violet Guevera

          scientology much?

  • Raj

    Chris may have been in a state of delirium that night he certainly exhibited a lot of symptoms listed but to say delirium or ativan caused him to end his life is inaccurate.

    • Nicola

      Any symptoms Could possibly have been attributed to a bad migraine….migraines can mess up
      Vision, cause people tp slur words, even mimic a stroke. Migraine medicine was found in his room and on the tox report.

      • Olga Stewart

        There was hair missing on the back of his head.

        Like it had been ripped out or something like that.

        And perhaps he had been thrown against a wall?

        So I’m wondering if Chris could have been suffering from a concussion while performing that night?

        Though, as you say, it was more likely to be a migraine.

        And I’m most likely to be wrong about the concussion part of things.

        • Nicola

          indeed the hair and raw wound do indicate something and I wish we knew how that happened. Sometimes my headaches are bad enough to make me want to punch myself in the head, bur the location of his wound/missing hair was at the crown, so seems less likely that it was self inflicted and more like a sign of a struggle

  • suz

    NO WHERE in this writing is the headline articulated.

    WHAT CRAP.

  • suz

    AUTHOR OF THE PIECE — PRESENT WHAT YOUR HEADLINE TEASES OR DON’T DO THE STORY.

    Delirium: an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.

    WHAT OF THE ABOVE DEFINITION WAS PROVEN OR EXPLAINED?

  • Olga Stewart

    Talinda could have been a strong and positive voice for mental health awareness.

    But instead, she posts the statement from above

    The statement is not only both irresponsible and dangerous to those who take such medications but it’s also a slap in the face to those of us who deal with mental health issues.

    You have let various people down, Talinda.

    • QTPI40

      Wholeheartedly agree with your comment Olga!

      • Olga Stewart

        Thank you.

    • HippieChic61

      Talinda IS a strong and positive voice.
      https://youtu.be/TeOxSbCxvFg

      • Trovoid

        She was until she said this about Chris. I had much respect for her beforehand. Last week she said he took his life and now she’s spewing out this ignorant garbage.

        • HippieChic61

          So, shes only a strong and positive voice if you agree with her? lol

          • Trovoid

            Umm no. I just thought she was educated about mental illness but then she said Chris died of drug delirium and that discredits her in my opinion. She’s done a lot of good but I don’t care to see her trying to diagnose causes of death.

            Talinda’s entire mission was to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. How can we do that if she’s changing her opinion and saying Chris didn’t want to kill himself? SAYING IT’S BECAUSE OF DRUGS ISN’T PROTECTING ANYONE. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and Chris’ kids may suffer from it one day too.

  • Elizabeth Howard

    For me Mr. Cornell’s most beautiful lyrics say it all. RIP most beautiful soul your music goes on forever.

  • Diane Neame

    What a damn shame, it was only the other day, I was thinking to myself, that it was a shame Vicky didn’t accept that Chris committed Suicide, like Talinda had. Sorry, but she’s decided to go with vickys diagnosis of Chris and now I’m thinking two stupid bitches. I’d say Chris probably upped and down his doses of Ativan in the proper way, I’ve been on Ativan for 25yrs and my doses were a lot higher than Chris. It was said, that it was for his anxiety and they calm you, that’s all, but if he was suffering from anxiety, then why not depression, sometimes the symptoms of anxiety can mask the Depression for awhile. Ive suffered on and off for years. Maybe Vicky still hopes of getting that nice big insurance payout, if enough focus is put on the Ativan and it’s adverse effects ( kept me sane enough) You could look through a drug prescription book and you’d be surprised at the amount of drugs that have suicide ideation as one of a few adverse effects, hallucinations is another popular one. Vicky just hates the thought that Chris wanted out, why? The guy had, had a life time of drinking and drugs and later just prescription drugs and booze, he spends two months in rehab, I doubt whether Chris was fully clean after that! 2 months is fuck all time, to spend in rehab. Chris and Chester had a strong bond, they would of known each other’s demons.We know of 2 prior suicide attempts by Chester and that he was in therapy, but his wife thought he was fine Why? Chester was in therapy when he hung himself, so how could she think he was fine and now she’s diagnosing a person like Chris who was an extremely private person as having an adverse effect to a drug, a layman cant even make that call and even a doctor doesn’t diagnose you with Depression straight off.

    • Olga Stewart

      It’s even simpler in regards to the ‘why’: Both Chris and Chester were very unhappy.

      And they both could no longer go on.

      • Diane Neame

        I totally agree

    • HippieChic61

      LOL, Calling women who knew him stupid bitches, yet able to spew all this bullshit about a guy you never met!

      • Diane Neame

        Oh I’ve come across you before, I’m not interested in you, unless you have something interesting to add to the conversation. Bs really! There’s nothing in what I wrote that is bs. I’ve fucken lived the life of hell, so don’t pick me out, just to run me down. I’ve followed their careers, listen to their interviews to have a fair idea of what they may of felt, cause it takes a sufferer to know those feelings. My info comes from what they have said, as well as my own mental health, so back off hippy girl, I’m not the person you need to deal with, just worry about yourself. You may want to check out chesters last two interviews, as you have no idea of what he was going through and he tells it like it is. what do you know exactly, to be able to determine that what I wrote was BS, it’s people like you, that makes others, feel that they need to shut up and say nothing. Oh there is another stupid bitch that I don’t even know to add to my list and remember hippy girl You don’t know me, you have never met me, but you say what I wrote was BS 😂😂😂😂

    • QTPI40

      Depression can be hereditary. God forbid one of those kids suffer from depression later on in life. With the stigma that she is placing on depression, they could easily feel as if they have no where to turn or feel ashamed for their feelings. They could easily end up just like their father. This is where the real tragedy lies.

      • Kay B

        Yes. I said this months ago as well. If the kids do get depression will their mother sweep it under the rug as well? My mom did and that really fucked me up.

        • Olga Stewart

          My Mom was the same where my depression was concerned.

      • Olga Stewart

        This is why I have always feared for both Toni and Christopher.

        I do believe that Lily will be okay (given that her mother and Chris’s family are all a part of her life).

        But I worry about both Toni and Christopher because they both seem so isolated and I don’t know if they will end up feeling like they can really both be honest with others and be themselves.

        • Cristiann

          I agree about Toni and Chris jr, but Lily could still end up struggling with depression as well. Honestly, it can happen to anybody regardless of what their family life is like.

          • Olga Stewart

            Yes, this is true.

            But then I think that the support that Lily has in her life is probably more than what both Toni and Christopher do.

          • Cristiann

            Maybe … who knows. Hopefully these kids support each other at least.

          • Diane Neame

            The one thing lily has, is a mother that knew what Chris was like and would more than likely have the sense to act quickly.
            I believe the earlier you can get help the better the prospects
            I won’t say that in all cases though

          • Cristiann

            I don’t particularly like Susan, but she is Lily’s mother and seems to have done a good job raising her. All of Chris’ children seem really sweet and kind tbh. I can only hope that things will turn out alright for each of them.

            Yes, every case is different. I know that even when you have loving and supportive friends/family, depression can still be a very difficult and lonely experience. Opening up to anyone isn’t exactly easy, so getting professional help can be a little scary for some. More than anything imo, people struggling with mental illnesses need patience and understanding from those around them.

      • Diane Neame

        True, mine is and my mother suffered from depression and anxiety, but I was left too deal with it and 45 years later, I’m finally on the right medication, I don’t drink, or do drugs and my Ativan use is minimal. When my daughter was hit with Depression, I took her straight away, to be seen, I focused on getting her well, yes it took a year, but she is doing excellent.
        Unfortunately Mental illness runs heavily in my family. Yes I feel sorry for the kids as well, we can just hope that their mother gets over herself and start thinking of the children

    • Violet Guevera

      best reply ever!

  • Hawk_i71

    They are not fooling me. Vicky is another Courtney Love, period. May the truth come out one day. RIP

  • Violet Guevera

    I really just have to say this…do these women know anything about grunge..the history..the bands…etc…depression, drugs…all. part. of. scene. way back to andrew wood….

    • Kay B

      No. The answer is no.

    • Violet Guevera

      didn’t chris even actually room with wood when he died? i can’t remember

      • Olga Stewart

        Yes, he did.

  • Jay Thomas

    Chris and Chester both had the resources to get help, but they didn’t. Everyday people in every walk of life suffer from depression some get help some don’t. These two have been praised and made into hero’s since they both hanged themselves. All the articles in the world and speculation isn’t gonna bring them back. They are dead the music isn’t.

    • vinner

      Yes, nothing will bring them back but I don’t agree that they didn’t use resources to try to get better. There is more known about Chester here with his therapy, exercising, fighting alcoholism and all the times he talked about depression in 2017 but I think Chris also talked about it at some point and took medication for depression. Sorry, it just sometimes seems like every person who kills themselves is described as someone who didn’t even try or fight.

    • Olga Stewart

      Maybe they felt that there was no longer any point to living.

      I can well understand that.

      So again, no one knows what was going on in their minds except each of them.

    • Diane Neame

      I have to inform you, as you haven’t the faintest idea, but Chester was in therapy when he killed himself, he was very open about his demons in interviews, if you can be bothered, check out his last two. He tried to committ Suicide in November 2016, he had also relapse and starting drinking, so after that suicide attempt, he was clean of booze, until a couple of empty beer bottles were found in his room along with his body. You say praised, really, I’ve seen all the venomous hate that has spewed from the mouths of people who don’t have the faintest idea of what it’s like to suffer and do you really believe, that seeking help is going to fix your illness, I wish. There are people that have been in treatment but have still killed themselves, it’s not straight up black and white. Those wives should shut the fuck up and just let their husbands R I P.

  • Lesa Prater

    Most of Chris’s songs indicate to me that he was depressed. As one who also suffers from it, I hear his lyrics, and I’m like, why wasn’t someone watching this man more closely????? I saw him in Tuscaloosa Alabama shortly before his death, and I am still devastated and can hardly listen to him now. I LOVED the concert and was already planning on going to the next one. You never know.

    • Olga Stewart

      Yes, I agree that someone should have been paying more attention to both how he was feeling and how he was doing.

      If they had, he might still be here with us.

      • Shannon Caine

        Chester, listen to the words in his songs, he had issuses for a long time. Feel sorry for him, love his music

  • Cristiann

    How dare Talinda call herself a “mental health advocate” when she completely disregards another person’s mental illness?? Unbelievable. She doesn’t even have a medical degree — hell, she didn’t even realize how serious her own husband’s depression was — but Talinda thinks she’s in a position to give an analysis on Chris’ mental health at the time of his death?? Wow … just wow. These comments from her are so irresponsible and inappropriate. I don’t care if Vicky asked her to say these things — she should have chosen not comment any further on Chris instead.