Metal Legend Reveals Who ‘Played A Part’ In Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington’s Deaths

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Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy discussed the recent death of 23-year old porn star August Ames, who died by suicide after she was berated by Twitter users after she announced that she didn’t want to film a sex scene with a male porn star who had done gay porn. Ames explained that she had fears of STD’s. She hung herself on Tuesday.

Portnoy reacted to the death on Twitter by revealing how he believes cyberbullies played a part in the depression Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Robin Williams, and Keith Emerson suffered from.

Portnoy wrote, “I’m seeing stories on my Twitter feed about a 23 yr old porn star (not the point) who committed suicide today because of internet harassment…this is a REAL ISSUE that needs to be taken seriously!!! CYBERBULLYING mixed with DEPRESSION & SUICIDE is a big problem!!! #STOPTHETROLLS.”

“At some point these cyberbullies need to be held accountable for the horrible things they post online…I’m not certain, but I “have a hunch” that Internet trolls played a part in the depression to people like Keith Emerson, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington and Robin Williams.”

Members of Chris Cornell’s family have been victims of cyberbullying since the legendary Soundgarden frontman’s death in May.

  • ErikPaul

    No. Just no. Who TF is this dude? Cyber bullies? Who’s in your pockets, man?

    • Olga Stewart

      Actually, I think he may have a point here.

      When you are constantly bullied, it takes both a mental and emotional toll on you.

      And when the person being bullied is suffering from depression, it’s even more difficult.

      Therefore, you might get to the point where you don’t see the point of anything anymore. Then you decide to do something about it in regards to ending it (the bullying, I mean).

      • makingconnections

        I agree Olga. We can’t turn our heads and pretend that it doesn’t exist. People have committed suicide because of feeling so humiliated and afraid of people’s judgments on social media.

        I have read one of the really horrible gossip blogs describing Chris and Vicki in the early days and it’s so invasive of them as a couple and as individuals. Why Vicki Cornell would want anything to do with social media after having such an experience is hard to understand. Instead she gets right into it, along with her mother. What a strange world we live in.

      • Sean Jones

        You do know that you can unplug the computer right? You dont have to subject yourself to the bullshit.

        • Olga Stewart

          Yes, I do.

          But I also know that if you are online, you don’t deserve to be bullied.

  • Eddie Yarler

    *Obligatory “Not all ghey people ” disclaimer for idiots.*

    You gotta love how sick and twisted the lgbtp community is. The girl pointed out the dangers of contracting HIV and she was literally bullied to death for it. To think these people are constantly preaching about love and tolerance and just rip apart anyone against their narrative, she wasn’t even hompohobic. I’d wish HIV on her detractors but you know they’d immediately try and spread it to everyone they know like the degenerate trash they are. California considers that a misdemeanor now. Sick fucked up world.

    • Niles

      I read about the circumstances surrounding the whole story. Pisses me off. That girl deserved better than to be bullied by a bunch of hypocrites.

    • Sean Jones

      Wow, you are a world class piece of shit. Go fist yourself loser.

      • Eddie Yarler

        Immediately proving my point. You’re more outraged at me calling out these assholes out then for them harassing someone to death. Nah fisting is more of a your people’s thing. Send me a postcard from California, or more likely a medical pamphlet. Lmao

        • Sean Jones

          Aww, homophobe bigot is offended. You poor, poor snowflake. Now go buy yourself a new hood and tiki torch you fucking loser.

          • Eddie Yarler

            “But muh love is love”.
            I don’t even hate gay people, and I’m not White. You gonna shut down now for talking to a person of color with hostility, you privileged cis gender White male? Apparently my disclaimer wasn’t idiot proof after all.

          • Olga Stewart

            Now who’s being a bully?

          • Sean Jones

            Learn the difference between bullying and calling out a bigot.

          • Eddie Yarler

            ^^^^^
            I wonder if the cunts who bullied August Ames to death said the same retarded bullshit. I’d tell you not to breed but you’re clearly already castrated.

      • 40sRunner Girl

        Thanks for that. Yes, Eddie Yarler is indeed a world class piece of shit. Thumbs up.

    • Kay B

      She said she wasn’t homophobic because she thinks women are attractive. That really holds little water. She grouped gay men as all having HIV. The truth is how does she know they the “straight men” she did porn with never had sex with a man? I’m just making an observation.

      • Eddie Yarler

        Because they are obligated to say if they’ve done bi/straight scenes before? She said gay/bi performers are not as rigid with STD testing as straight ones. Considering the majority of HIV plus people are gay, and gay performers I really fail to see the problem with that association anyways. Its like being mad for saying most drug addicts are liars. I almost felt bad for what I said until I checked Twitter. A bunch of trans and gays are mocking her death. Fuck these people.

        • Kay B

          Well her death is sad and no one should mock it. I can also say then that she has daddy issues and has low self esteem which most female porn stars do. They can lie about what scenes they have done. Who is to say they haven’t had homo relations in their personal lives? Many straight men do only gay porn to start because of the pay. Then they only do straight porn. The trans and gays should not be mocking her death like I said. No one should be bullying anyone. But she should know anyone in the porn industry can have an STD. If she didn’t want the risk she should be in a different line of work. Either way I am saddened she hanged herself that is terrible. I think her line of thinking was incorrect though. Not enough of course to be bullied to death. Shame on those who did it.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Because straight men don’t have sex with other men. Despite what modern sexual liberation promotes no heterosexual male likes the idea of having sex with another male. Plus male performers get paid squat unless they do gay scenes so its easy to tell who has and hasn’t been in a gay/bi scene based on their fame. So even if a straight male did gay scenes like you said they do early on, then it would be common knowledge to the other performers.

            What line of thinking though? Its irrefutable fact that the gay/bi performers are more lilely to contract HIV then their heterosexual counterparts. She pointed this fact out. End of story. Your exceptions examples don’t make up the norm.

          • Kay B

            I am not sure why this was brought up on a CC article in the first place but in the porn industry it doesn’t matter if you think straight men don’t have sex with other men. It is all about money so they do what they need to do for money. If you consider them all gay then that’s fine, many would. The fact is many men do sex scenes with men and then go on to do scenes with females. Female sex workers are 14 times more likely to contract HIV than other females. Many working in the industry agree testing is a false security blanket. It only tells you when you have something. As of 2009, there have been 22 REPORTED HIV cases in the porn industry. Half were males working in gay films and the other half were males and females working in HETERO productions. Matter of fact in 2004 actor Darren James contracted HIV from having anal sex with a Brazilian actress for a scene in hetero porn. Three more actress who worked with James became infected. If you look at the data from 2000 on, you essentially have a 50/50 chance as a porn actress to get it from a hetero male or a homo male. So her thinking is flawed. Again, if she didn’t want to get HIV, find another job.

          • Eddie Yarler

            She’s dead. The facts you just explained weren’t calmly told to her by her LGBT coworkers. I don’t even see where the need is to bring up “her thinking “. At most she was misinformed. The real flawed thinkers are the gays, liberals and trans who justified personally bullying someone to.death.

          • Kay B

            Her death is not justifiable. I already said that. I am not praising the gay community for bullying her to death. That was wrong. What I mean by “her thinking” is in reference to her tweets:

            -“Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXnews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say,” she wrote in a tweet earlier this month. “Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? I do my homework for my body.”

            -“NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety,” she wrote. “That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, I don’t know what they do in their private lives.”

            -“I don’t have anything to apologize for! Apologizing for taking extra steps to [ensure] that my body stays safe? F–k you guys for attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I f–king love the gay community! What the f–k ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate,” she wrote in another tweet.

            It is not only her, but from her tweets, other female porn stars do NOT do their homework. She has an equal chance of getting HIV from a gay male porn star or a straight male porn star. You were wrong when you mentioned earlier that bi/gay males have a better chance of having HIV. Statistics have showed that is not true.. I work in trauma surgery and we are told to treat every patient like they have a disease. That includes HIV. When I have a scalpel in my hand or a needle, I treat the blood on it as contact precautions no matter who the patient is. And she should treat her porn partners the same. An actor could test neg for HIV and 4 days later test positive. You and this porn star are generalizing gay porn stars has having a high probability of having HIV over straight actors. And that is incorrect. She rolls the dice with every actor she is with. ALL of them. It is irresponsible for you, her and anyone else to say it is safer to do porn with straight males. Like I said who is to say the “straight porn males” don’t have homo relations outside of filming? She wouldn’t know that. If she wanted to keep her body safe she wouldn’t be doing porn. LA porn stars have more sexually transmitted diseases than Nevada prostitutes. Bottom line she doesn’t know what her co-actors HIV stats are because they could test positive days after testing negative. She doesn’t know what her “straight male co-workers” do sexually outside of the studio. It’s like a heroin addict saying well as long as I’m careful and I don’t get any of that “bad heroin” I’ll be fine shooting up. Porn stars and addicts are rolling the dice with their life every single time.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Well she should take thier word for it and they should take hers because she can sue. Unless its in California, knowingly transmitting HIV is a pretty bad offense. Hence the testing. Since Gays and bisexuals (outside the porn world) do have HIV at a higher rate than straights I see the point of avoiding sex with them. I didn’t know there was an equal chance of catching HIV in the sex industry from either orientation (which is impressive) but as a whole gays have HIV at a disproportionate rate to straights for the simple reason that they primarily have anal sex, and they don’t use condoms. If this wasn’t true then gay black men wouldn’t be the highest cases in the country. That heroin analogy is really awful. It would make more sense to say “I’m not shooting up with a bad needle” since thats where it comes from. Regardless of what you think about her perceptions she is completely within her rights to have her stereptype despite it being incorrect and I would do the same if I were her

          • Kay B

            I wouldn’t want my life and health in jeopardy because I take someones word for it. I’m smarter than that and she should be too if she really cherishes her health. As I mentioned before as of 2009, there have been 22 REPORTED HIV cases in the porn industry. Half were males working in gay films and the other half were males and females working in HETERO productions. The heroin analogy was simply that doing unprotected porn (which they frown on) and drugs can kill you unintentionally. Gays and and Bisexuals do have a higher rate of HIV outside of the porn world. But my point was most porn men in straight porn movies have homo lifestyles and/or also do homo movies. So her idea that straight porn men will have less of a chance of having HIV is not in the equation. If she didn’t want HIV at all she should not have gone into porn period.

          • Eddie Yarler

            And my overall message is what’s the point? You keep emphasizing her belief as incorrect like its significant. The fact that she had a misguided (though sensical) belief about gays and HIV transmission is useless. What matters is hostile and ugly the gays, trans and regressive leftists acted towards her over something that means nothing. If I didn’t know any better I’d say its deflecting that you’re even bringing this up. The point isn’t what she thought, its how people reacted to her for what she thought. She could have said something even more stupid like the Earth being flat, and she wpuldn’t deserve that backlash. Its not what she said its how these awful degenerates reacted. It makes for great propaganda though for how hypocritical the gay community is. All of these people who attacked are just as awful as Westboro as far as I’m concerned.

          • Kay B

            You tell me the point. You brought this crazy subject up on a thread about Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. I can’t deflect when I also stated she should not have been bullied at all. But she was also being ignorant in her statements. Your statements were also misguided but now you know better. And the Earth is flat and huge cats knock shit off of it all the time.

          • Eddie Yarler

            I didn’t bring this up, the author did, and I commented on it since it was in the article. Take it up with them. I guess that explains what happened to the dinosaurs.

          • Kay B

            Then I apologize. And the dinosaurs died of constipation.

          • Eddie Yarler

            That was a trick statement and you fell for it. The dinosaurs were never real. The devil put them here to fool us. #STAYWOKE

          • Kay B

            So was that. God and the Devil do not exist. #WAKEUP.

          • Eddie Yarler

            How did you miss my Alice in Chains reference.

          • Kay B

            I think Layne was talented but I’m not a huge AIC fan. His death was a shame. I have his picture up because he was a great musician. But death is more interesting to me than life.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Who is the gay “community,” idiot? What ideas does this mythical “community” hold?

          • Eddie Yarler

            The degenerates spreading HIV across California and bullying anyone with the sense to tell them that its wrong. Maybe you should step out of that rock you live under.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            I dunno, Eddie. I’m kind of impressed at your pride in your complete lack of intelligence, yet dismayed at your inability to learn.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Are you sure about that? The hive mentality of your people sure had no qualms bullying August Ames tl death. You’re right though, the epitome of tolerance, understanding and acceptance can be found in the gay community. Actually, I think its you that will be left in the dust, you know, inability to naturally breed and all. Lol

          • 40sRunner Girl

            I’m pretty bored of you, Eddie. I dismissed you with my last comment. I’m not reading your above bullshit. I will report all of your homophobic comments if you don’t leave me alone, and have your idiotic comments removed. The thing about homophobes that amuses me the most, beyond your repetitiveness, lack of intelligence and misconception of yourself as a well-spoken person, is your fascination with gay sex. You all think about it more than we do.
            Eddie, real men, and real straight people, don’t concern themselves with gays nor gay sex, any more than we concern ourselves with straight people, unless we know and love them. That’s why we are succeeding economically and socially, and have been for decades. I will get back to work now. You keep spreading ignorance and stay poor.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            You wanted to come trolling on this site and try to piss some people off. Guess what? You met the tiger, and you got chewed up, Eddie, you little bitch. Cheers.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Yawn.
            I’ll reiterate what I told the cuckold in this comment section earlier. I have nothing against gay people, I just hate these obnoxious ones that have nothing to their personalities other than thier attraction to the same sex. I like how you both are apathetic towards this girl being bullied to death by rabid LGBT members yet have freaked out about me calling them out as they are. Nice to see where you guys value human life. Lol Can’t say I’m surprised though.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Who gives a crap what you think, Eddie? You come on a site to spit hatred and ignorance against a group is ppl, and then you think anyone cares about your opinion. I read all of your comments on two articles. A good two dozen comments. I’ve got two Bachelors, Eddie, I have traveled the world, and I’m fluent in two languages. Do you know what I learned from your comments? Nothing. You’re not intelligent, Eddie.

            You don’t know who is gay or wbho is a Trans person on line. You don’t know who anyone is, but I can tell you, we are all smarter, more accomplished and more interesting than you, and none of us give a crap what you think. Remember, you’re the one with the time to gay bash on a music site. Take the L, douchebag.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Aaand still no mention of August Ames. Everything else you say may as well be discounted. God, the lgbt have to be the most selfish collective of people on Earth.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Your fascination with gays is disturbing, Eddie, and it’s NOT mutual. We aren’t going to be friends. I can’t stand you, and you are a dipshit and a bigot. Take care.

          • Eddie Yarler

            You know for someone with two bachelors you really do lack reading comprehension. Let me guess, Queer and Feminist studies? Tell me you have equal disgust over the gays who literally bullied August Ames to death.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            No, douchebag, and again, you can’t judge the sexuality of ppl online. Neither can you generalize ppl as a group, which you, as a minority, should know. Lastly, a bigot like yourself lacks the intelligence to understand the point of view of another, and, not being on my level in any way, random troll, I doubt you understand much in life, and I said that from the start. It is not homophobic nor offensive to say the things she said. YOU are homophobic and offensive. Everything YOU say is ignorant and offensive. YOU are the asshole.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Typical. You do know the people who attacked her were openly gay/trans or ultra liberal right? I bet if it had been the other way around you’d already have gone into anyeurism you hypocrite. I’m not homophobic. There’s nothing about gays that scares me, lol.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Whatever.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Have you done something regarding your feelings, Eddie, other than annoy ppl on an unrelated music blog? Have you contacted her family, or the ppl with whom you disagree? The bullyer ppl? This is YOUR issue. Why don’t you go away, and put up OR SHUT UP? It’s clear you don’t have anything to do with your life. Why don’t you do something about this issue, which is near and dear to your heart? It looks to me as if we are all busy. You’re the only complete, ignorant time suck around here. Go do something.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            And SILENCE. Exactly. See, you think you can gay bash on line. You assume, falsely, that gay ppl are weak, when in fact YOU are weak, Eddie. You see, you could have reached out w love to the family or written an anit-bullying blog. You could have tried to help w this issue that concerns you. Instead, you made a complete ass of yourself. You generalized ppl, you spread lies and you refused health education from an ER nurse. You learned nothing, you contributed nothing and you taught nothing. You are nothing.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Why’d you reply three times to the same message? Do you even internet? I’m not gay. Thats something :^)

          • 40sRunner Girl

            You, too.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            Replied 3 times cuz I felt like it. Here replied twice. I’m on a remote session and conference call. Have been all day, while handing your ass to you effortlessly. I’d tell you what I do, but you’re not smart enough to understand, Eddie. I’m glad you enjoyed the abuse. You deserved it all.

          • Kay B

            I have said at least 5 times I she should have not have been bullied to death, that was wrong. her tweets had no education behind them however, and she did not do her homework as she stated. She has an equal chance of getting HIV from a hetero male. I never said her death or being bullied was justified. Ever.

          • Eddie Yarler

            That wasn’t referring to you, it was the Sean guy. Lol

          • Kay B

            Oh…hehe. Gotcha.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            This really is a debate between you, Kay, an informed, thoughtful and educated person, and this Eddie, a complete idiot. Cheers for your efforts. You are a good person. 🙂

          • Kay B

            Thank you. I don’t think Eddie is an idiot. I enjoy volleying with him. I agree this woman should not be dead. But her tweets had no education behind them and were irresponsible.

          • 40sRunner Girl

            My jury is out on that. Coming into a forum trolling and spewing harmful bigotry in order to incite anger is not really an activity in which healthy, productive individuals engage. I’m gonna stick with my assessment. And I wouldn’t say “volley” because he scores zero points. I would say I had a super successful day while knocking his dumb ass all over this chat board. Anyway, cheers.

          • Kay B

            No Problem thanks for your comments. Cheers.

          • Trovoid

            You’re a smart woman, Kay B. Smart enough to see that this world isn’t so black and white.

          • Kay B

            Thank you. Obviously bullying is never ok. I was bullied in middle school and high school. I had a friend hang himself in 6th grade from being bullied. This woman’s suicide is sad. But she is working in a risky business no matter who is on set with her. Like I said when I am using a scalpel or needle in my line of work I use them like every patient has some sort of disease. Some times we don’t find that out right away in an emergency. I know the chances are low but I want to keep myself and the sharps I use safe with everyone I work with. She isn’t a dumb woman but her tweets in my opinion were careless when her info wasn’t correct.

          • Trovoid

            Great points. These days we’re put under the illusion that there are only two sides to most issues and debates. If the media has intentionally set out to divide us then they have succeeded.

  • Niles

    Vicky said the last time Chris had relapsed was 2009. Around that period, I remember him frequently posting really late at night on Twitter, talking about dreams and insomnia.

    Scream was released in March of 2009. Chris would NEVER admit it, but I truly believe he was bothered by the hate he received from fans and the media over making that record. I think all the negativity could’ve played a part in Chris relapsing. Chris was a deep thinker, but sensitive to the world around him.

    Miss that guy…

    • Nicola

      Personally I would not take Vicky’s word about him relapsing.

  • Nicola

    “Members of Chris Cornell’s family have been victims of cyberbullying since the legendary Soundgarden frontman’s death in May.“
    BooHoo Vicky, you are the pot calling the kettle blabk. For years you and your mom posted nastiness regarding Susan Silver and even worse her and Chris’s daughter. Also there were nasty posts directed at CC. You cam spend all your time and money trying to sway the public into feeling sorry for you but that shit ain’t gonna fly. If someone questions you about your scam charity you call them a troll. If someone questions the events surrounding CC death, they are not trolling, only trying to wade through your ocean of BS

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    • Olga Stewart

      She mentions karma in the last tweet.

      I do believe that both she and Vicky will be experiencing that somewhere down the line.

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    • 40sRunner Girl

      These are awesome! Selective memory for that family, since Vicky slept w CC on the night she met him, while he was married. So if Susan Silver had sent him an email saying she missed and dreamt of him… who cares?

    • HippieChic61

      Vicky IS being bullied! Why hold her accountable for her mothers tweets? Nice to see you “haha” about bullies! Nice, real nice!

  • Falafel Perez

    Re gays intolerance: They have become exactly what they claimed to despise… Large segments of the gay “community” are shallow narcissists obsessed with appearance whose lives revolve around their dicks. And getting fucked up the ass does not make them a culture or a “community”.

    • 40sRunner Girl

      Sounds like you have slept with quite a few gays. You seem very well versed in all things gay, dicks, ass and all. Enjoy!