Legendary Bassist May Bet $10,000 On ‘Real Cause’ Of Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington’s Deaths


In a metal Metal Global interview, Billy Sheehan says that he is willing to “bet ten thousand dollars” that Chester Bennington was taking psychiatric medication just prior to committing suicide in July, and that is the real cause of his death. The legendary bassist is an avowed member of the Church Of Scientology, which decries the practice of psychiatric medicine and whose members believe that all anti-depressants and other psychiatric medications are dangerous and addictive. He also blamed psychiatric medication for Chris Cornell’s suicide.

Speaking about the recent suicides of Bennington and Chris Cornell, the Mr. Big and The Winery Dogs bassist said: “I think everybody… [whatever] your success and how famous you are, everybody’s still got the same problems, no matter what. Money doesn’t cure it, fame doesn’t cure it — nothing really fixes it other than you fixing yourself; that’s the only thing that ever fixes it. Somebody else can’t fix it, you can’t take a pill and fix it. You’ve gotta fix yourself. You create your own life in your own mind and you’ve gotta figure out a way to fix things on yourself so that you can continue on and enjoy your life. ‘Cause I know very rich and famous people who are miserable — they hate everything and life is a constant complaint; nothing is right and they’re just angry. And then I know people that have almost nothing and they live in a tiny little house in a city far away and they have a fabulous time, a wonderful time.

“It’s sad to see people that are famous commit suicide,” he continued. “Of course, it’s the worst thing you can ever do. Suicide… I’ve experienced it many, many times — I’ve had many, many people close to me commit suicide. It’s a terrible, terrible situation. You only hurt the people who care for you, and the people you hurt the most are the ones that care for you the most. And it’s a terrible, terrible, horrible thing to do. And you’re also torn between hating the person for doing this to you and how sad you are for them and for losing them. It’s the worst thing for all people — for the person who has committed suicide and for everybody around them. It’s just a terrible, terrible thing.”

According to Sheehan, most people can overcome mental-health problems without pharmaceutical intervention. “People have to be able to step out of themselves for a minute, look at themselves and say, ‘Jeez, I’ve gotta change something, because things aren’t working out,'” he said. “It’s a tough challenge, it’s a challenge all of us had in all of our lives — every person: you, me, everybody in the world. There’s this challenge to be a better person, to live the type of life that you can enjoy it. And it’s a tough situation.”

Sheehan added that he was tempted to bring up his controversial perspective on psychiatric medication in the immediate aftermath of Bennington’s death. “When the gentleman who just passed away recently [committed suicide], I almost posted, ‘I’ll bet ten thousand dollars right now he was on psychiatric medication. Right now. Anybody wanna take that bet?'” he admitted. “I didn’t post it, because I thought it would be cruel and inappropriate. But I bet he was.

“Psychiatric medication is the cause of most suicides — something like ninety-something percent, psychiatric medication is a precursor to suicide,” he continued. “It says on the box now — there’s a little warning on the box. ‘Warning: ideation of murder or suicide may result.’ There it is. Plain as every school shooter. Every person that went to a school and shot up the school, every single one was on psychiatric medication — every one. Chris Cornell was on psychiatric medication. Keith Emerson was on psychiatric medication. That stuff is deadly, and whatever you can do to avoid it, I urge people to do so. There’s gotta be a way, a more natural way, you’ve gotta get your nutrition good — there are all kinds of ways. And in some cases, you can’t avoid it, and if you really need it, because you really need to settle down, fair, cool, great, that’s good. But be aware, and make the people around you aware the possibilities are death or suicide.”