Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found hanging from a door between two rooms, just like Cornell’s body was.
Why Bennington was a suicide waiting to happen:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Alcohol and drug addictions
- Traumas of child abuse and abandonment
- Intense grief for the loss of a close friend
Bennington, 41, was found dead after officials responded to a call just before 9am.
The long-time friend of Chris Cornell took his own life just two months after the Soundgarden singer hanged himself from the door between the bedroom and bathroom of his Detroit hotel room with an exercise band.
Speculation has arisen if Bennington was mimicking the suicide of Cornell; his body was reportedly found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet with a belt around his neck.
Thursday would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
The two were close friends, and Bennington penned a touching tribute to Cornell after his death.
“I can’t imagine a world without you in it,” Bennington wrote in the note.
He also performed ‘Hallelujah’ at Cornell’s funeral and was the godfather to Cornell’s 11-year-old son, Chris.
Bennington had previously spoken about having suicidal thoughts after his marriage broke down with first wife Samantha Olit in 2005.
He also admitted having alcohol and drug abuse problems and was open about the traumas in his childhood that led him into a serious drug addiction.
Bennington was molested from the age of seven until he was 13 by a friend who was several years older than him.
Previously speaking to Kerrang! magazine in 2014, the rock star explained, “It escalated from a touchy, curious, ‘what does this thing do’ into full-on, crazy violations.
“I was getting beaten up and being forced to do things I didn’t want to do. It destroyed my self-confidence.
“I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience,” Bennington said.
Bennington has never identified his abuser.
He also felt abandoned by his family, with his father Lee – a police detective who, ironically, focused on child abuse cases – working long hours and divorcing Bennington’s mother when he was 11.
The trauma of his abuse plunged Bennington into a cycle of addiction, with his mother kicking him out of the house when he was 17 due to his drug use.
This addiction got even worse during his career.
Speaking to Metal Hammer, Bennington said: “I was on 11 hits of acid a day. I dropped so much acid I’m surprised I can still speak! I’d smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out.”
“Then I’d smoke opium to come down. I weighed 110 pounds. My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs. Every time I’d get a craving, I’d smoke my pot.
“In 2006, I had a choice between stopping drinking or dying. I did some counselling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare,” Bennington revealed.
His second wife Talinda said that seven months into their marriage, she had never seen him go a day without having a drink.
Bennington was believed to have been sober at the time of his death, although there was reportedly an empty bottle of alcohol found in the room where he died.
Apparently, there was no evidence of drug use.
He had three children with Talinda and three children from previous relationships.
Just hours after her husband’s death, Talinda’s Twitter account was apparently hacked. A series of vicious messages from the account claimed she never really loved Chester, that had been having an affair with Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda, and that she only married Bennington for the money.
The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before social media users had taken screenshots showing the shocking allegations.
“I guess this is the time to say it but I have been cheating on Chester with Mike Shinoda,” the tweet read.
“He didn’t kill himself, he was already did before he hung himself, I have proof…(sic)”
The last tweet said the account was “not hacked”. “I never really loved him and I’m not hacked I just was in love with the money hurts to say (sic),” the post read.
Bennington married Talinda, a former Playboy model, on December 31, 2005.