Slipknot On What’s ‘Frightening’ About Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington Deaths


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

Slipknot’s Shawn ‘The Clown’ Gahan was recently asked about the epidemic of suicides like Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Anthony Bourdain, Avicii, and Kate Spade in a new NME article.

“My friends are dying, and I can’t take that any more,” Clown told NME. “Personally, I just want to say that I’m so saddened by the pain, the loneliness and the isolation. I’m not sure what happened, I’m not in people’s minds, but it’s a frightening thought to know that someone has something else on their mind that you don’t know. I just want to say how sorry I am and how much love I have for the families of what’s been going on recently.

“To the general public, just remember the people around you. You might not know what they’re thinking so it’s always nice to be checked in on, and to check in on people.”

“What people need to know is that there are beautiful, wonderful people in the world who have empathy and work with the human condition,” he continued. “They understand what being ‘sick’ is. It’s not a human being’s fault to have chemical imbalances. We’re just scared. The people who you think are the most solid are often the most hurt. That can be hard to wrap your head around.

“As the world grows and technology grows, it’s getting harder to communicate and for kids to socialise. We need to take behavioural health recovery seriously.”

“I’m not afraid to admit it,” he said. “My mom died, and then Paul died within a small time. I went to my therapist and she just said ‘you’re done’, so I went to become and outpatient and I was just so scared of that word ‘inpatient’ and residential living, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’. You know what, mean? I took my therapist and my wife’s advice and I went on an outpatient programme and it changed my fucking life – it saved The Clown’s life. I was so underwater, drowning in a hole that I created. They told me that I had no time to grieve my dad, then they told me that I had no time to grieve my mom, then they told me that I had no time to grieve Paul.

“I didn’t even know that existed, I didn’t know I needed a certain amount of time. What the world needs to know is that it’s OK to need help.”

  • makingconnections

    There are so many good points made in this article, especially the description of the people waiting to help those who are struggling. We don’t hear enough about the process of getting a hand up and the good people who do the work in such a loving way. I once saw a big tough-looking male nurse talk to a teen-aged girl who was so frightened (in Emergency). He said: “Don’t worry–you will never feel this bad again–you’ve come to the place where we can get you help. How long have you felt this way?” she answered 2 years and my heart broke but at the same time I was so relieved that she’d finally reached out.

  • Nick Fortin

    Well said Shawn but heres the thing… most average people dont have the means to just drop everything and go to an outpatient program or to even go to therapy. It’s easy to talk about getting help when the only barrier is your own will.

  • It’s great if therapy and counselors and family and friends are there, but some problems are so deep that nothing can save you from them. Also the fact the therapists told this guy he didn’t have time to grieve over losing his parents, is pretty fucked up and completely wrong. You take as much time as you need to grieve. The rest, well some problems just can’t be overcome by just “talking about it” no matter how much someone cares. There isn’t an answer to every single problem, and if you feel it’s time to check out, then that should be your decision and no one else’s. It’s your life, your right.

  • Tamara Lockhart

    Really great article. I’ve lost two people to suicide and this article talks about some real important things that are so true such as checking on loved ones to see how they are doing from time to time, getting some therapy or counseling, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, sometimes we just need someone to listen so we can get lives challenges off our chest and the chemical imbalance thing is another thing that effects a person and can cause severe depression. Really good article. Thank you