A close friend of the late Chester Bennington has said he received a text message from the singer three days before his death, asking if they could meet up.
Matt Pinfield, a US radio host told Variety he was ‘devastated’ over the loss of his friend, who was found dead at his home on Thursday morning, and is still ‘trying to process’ what has happened.
The radio host, who has previously worked for MTV, pointed out that mental health doesn’t discriminate and it can affect people from all walks of life.
Chester was a lovely, positive guy. He cared about people, and all the success never went to his head. He was great to his fans. It is an incredible loss.
He added Chester’s death came as a shock, with ‘many in the industry’ saying there were ‘no clues’ as to what was Chester was going through.
He was Facetiming with friends and seemed to be doing great. It was a shock to every single one of us.
People can find financial success at their vocation, but depression can inflame it.
It doesn’t fill the hole created by depression. It is still there and it must be treated. Sometimes it can make things worse.
Linkin Park, who released a new video for their single, Talking to Myself, on the day of Chester’s death, also had tour dates scheduled, as well as an appearance on Carpool Karaoke – which will air in October.
What Bennington leaves behind, Pinfield says, is a body of work that will impact generations of musicians to come.
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