Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington sent shockwaves to the world of music when he had committed suicide, after decades of battling depression. The singer had always been vocal about his mental health struggles, both on and off the stage, and his death led to an outpour of support from fans to his family and bandmates.
Chester’s widow Talinda Bennington started the 320 Changes Direction initiative to raise awareness and bring support to those struggling with mental health issues, and his son Tyler Lee has used social media to discuss the same difficult topics.
Tyler Lee slams conspiracy theories
Recently, the 17-year-old addressed his father’s death on what would have been his 47th birthday, taking to his TikTok page to discuss suicide prevention awareness, among other mental health topics.
After the Linking Park frontman’s death, some claimed that Chester “didn’t kill himself”, and “he was doing good in this world and they didn’t like it”.
Tyler addressed the conspiracy theories surrounding Chester’s death, saying (via NME):
“This is the bullsh*t I will not be dealing with on my page. This person is getting blocked. I’m a child, this is inappropriate to comment on my post or anybody’s post for that matter.”
“There’s no evidence to any of these theories that have been made. These are all just vain attempts to sensationalize and make what really is a tragedy, a big story. Get a life, man!”
“I will not tolerate this kind of behavior about me, my family, or any fan on my page. It pains me to know that there are still people in the world who listen to this attention-seeking slander. This is the only video I will post like this. For any other comments like this, I reserve the right to mock and ridicule you back, before blocking you.”
Meanwhile, Linkin Park are preparing the release of the 20th-anniversary edition of their genre-defining sophomore album “Meteora”, which is due to arrive on April 7.