Bennington’s widow says there were warning signs before his suicide
Nearly a year after Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life, it’s clear to his widow that in the days before he died, there were warning signs.
On Sunday (June 24) during “Finding Hope,” a CNN special report hosted by Anderson Cooper that featured a panel of guests and audience members affected by suicide, Talinda Bennington revealed that in hindsight it’s easy to recognize the signs of a person about to commit suicide.
“I am now more educated about those signs, but they were definitely there: the hopelessness, the change of behavior, isolation,” Talinda Bennington said, adding by the way these behaviours weren’t uncommon for her husband. As a matter of fact, the singer had battled depression for a long time so “That was all part of our daily life,” she said.
“Sometimes, some signs were there more than others. Sometimes, they weren’t there at all,” Mrs Bennington continued, claiming Chester Bennington had seemed happy and well in the days before he died.
Bennington emphasized that there is no simple explanation for her husband’s struggles over the years, attributing his depression to a confluence of factors. The musician was open about his troubled life, including his experience battling addictions to cocaine and methamphetamine. He also said he suffered sexual abuse as a child.
The recent deaths of CNN celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade are the latest reminder that suicide is a complex and growing crisis in the United States, where such deaths have gone up over 25% in the past two decades.