Late Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda recently spoke at the ‘Strike A Chord – Looking After Each Other’ event about how she and Chester reacted to Chris Cornell’s dying by suicide in May 2017.
“[Chester] struggled with addiction and depression, two things that I’ve never struggled with. Although I do have my own demons, I had my hardships growing up, we just handled them in very different ways. I came from a point of complete, for lack of a better term, ignorance to his situation. But over time I came to learn that taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health.”
When Chester died, it was a complete surprise. My husband in the past had attempted suicide, but I thought to myself it’s because he was wasted, or this or that.
I thought, very naively, we were in the clear. We had a very dear, dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his own life. I felt that, okay, Chester sees what Vicky and the kids, we’re godparents to their children, what they’re going through, this will never happen.
So we went on a family trip to our cabin, that’s the video Jim showed you. My husband was full of life, he had to go back home early to work. He was very excited to be promoting the new album, and doing stuff. So he was happy, he gave me a kiss goodbye, he gave the kids a kiss goodbye, and I never saw him again.”
You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.