The widow of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has told CNN that there were warning signs in the days before her husband took his own life last July 20th.
Speaking during a CNN Town Hall broadcast called Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis, Talinda Bennington said, “I am now more educated about those signs, but they were definitely there: the hopelessness, the change of behavior, isolation. That was all part of our daily life. Sometimes, some signs were there more than others. Sometimes, they weren’t there at all.”
Talinda added, however, that Chester “was [at] his best” the night before he committed suicide at the couple’s home in Palo Verdes Estates, California. She recalled, “We were on a family vacation, and he decided to go back home to do a television commercial. This was not a time where we or any of our family suspected this to happen, which is terrifying… We thought everything was okay.”
Chester hanged himself on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his late friend and fellow rocker, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life the same way just two months earlier in a Detroit hotel room.
Chester had been open with the press and public about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006. Friends said he had struggled with his sobriety and fell off the wagon at least once in the year before his death. A partially consumed bottle of alcohol was found in the bedroom where the 41-year-old singer’s body was discovered.
Linkin Park has not indicated whether the band intends to continue without Bennington. The surviving members of the group held a tribute concert for him in Los Angeles last October.