Chester Bennington has a hugely successful career in the 90s and early 2000s selling over 70 million albums and winning two Grammys. He lived a life of comfort, respect, and wealth, so why turn to suicide?
Obviously this is open to debate and far too complicated to generalize about, but Paul Reid, Author of The Key, had this to say.
“We often see hugely successful people ending their lives, and many wonder why. They have a family who loves them, a nice home, financial stability, even a famed career. They say you must first walk a mile in someone’s shoes before you can judge them, and nobody knows what was going on deep in the mind of Bennington, but the people I’ve coached who have entertained the idea of suicide were always missing a major goal or lofty dream in life.”
“I believe when you are working towards something with a burning desire, you are never more alive. Starting that company, getting that first million, climbing that mountain… but what happens when you get to the top and find there’s nothing there except a small empty space?”
“Like water, we stay fresh when we are moving. Go down a dead end and we stagnate. My friends often ask me what I will do when I can’t think of anything else to write. I usually say I’ll start making movies. Keep busy working to achieve something incredible, and have the next mission ready in waiting.”
As Reid says, we cannot say what was in the deepest depths of Bennington’s mind, but we can say that he will be missed, and the music world lost another immortal icon. Reid’s farewell phrase from The Key seems appropriate, so I’ll leave it to him.
“Peace in your mind, purpose in your step, passion in your heart, and your destiny in your hands.”