Scott Stapp Reveals What Really Killed Chris Cornell

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp revealed that a disease overtook late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, and that their suicide deaths were not their choice. You can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen recently made a bold Chris Cornell remark.

He told Yahoo, “When my first depression hit me, I had everything in the world. All my dreams coming true, all at once. There was absolutely no reason — looking on the outside, not understanding that it’s not a choice — that I should have felt that way. But it’s not in our control. It’s physiological, it’s biological. It’s your brain and your nerves.”

He added, “I think it’s a good time for me to share my story, because there’s more understanding, there’s more compassion. I think when people look back and reflect for those who have followed me, now they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s what was going on, and now they get it. Whereas in the past, without the knowledge about it, there was just a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.”

Stapp said his new song “Gone Too Soon” is inspired by the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. A Foo Fighters member being stunned by a big name Chris Cornell tribute show snub was recently revealed.

“I think when it gets to the point where a life is lost like that, it’s a disease and I don’t think it’s, in my opinion, their choice anymore,” says Stapp of Cornell and Bennington’s tragic deaths. “I think the disease has taken over, and so there’s no blame, just sorrow. It made me reflect on times where I was close [to taking my own life], and other times where it could have and should have been me, but I was spared. So for a minute my heart was really more focused on their families and their wives and their kids and what they were going through, and my heart just broke for them.

He said about the day of Bennington’s death, “I’ll remember the day I was watching TV, the news broke that Chester had passed,” Stapp continues. “It was heavy, hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was shocked. And then it was on the anniversary of Chris’ passing, which caused the reliving of those emotions.” Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan reacted last week to a heartbreaking Chris Cornell email.