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Chester Bennington’s Widow Shares Photo Of Late Husband Smiling Days Before His Death

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Singer and rock star Chester Bennington passed away on July 20, 2017, and many fans are still mourning his death. He was the well-loved singer of Linkin Park, an incredibly popular band that provided the soundtrack for an entire generation.

The singer, unfortunately, died of an apparent suicide by hanging just two months after his good friend and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away.

Before his death, the Linkin Park singer showed no signs of his struggles. Though he had always been open about his battle with addiction and depression, no one around him appeared to know what was going through his head.

His widow, Talinda, posted a photo of a smiling Chester that she took, just days before his suicide, when he was surrounded by his family. She shared it on Twitter, hoping to convey to others that the “signs” of depression aren’t always there.

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.

chester and talinda

Chester Bennington, singer, songwriter, and Linkin Park frontman died of an apparent suicide in July.

The father of six was found in his home while the rest of his family was away on vacation.

Chester and Talinda

Chester had always been open about his struggles, but not even his wife Talinda or any of his bandmates and friends could tell what was really going on in his head.

Talinda Bennington recently shared this photo of her late husband smiling — taken just days before his death.

She wants others to know that the “signs” of depression don’t always show, but if you know that a loved one or friend is suffering from the illness, it’s important to help them — even if they look “happy.”

Chester and Talinda

She captioned the photo, “Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know.”

Chester Bennington will be dearly missed, but it’s certain that his death has reopened the conversation about depression, mental illnesses, and suicide on a larger scale.

Chester and Talinda

It’s important to remember that you can be the difference between life and death for someone going through what Chester experienced before his death, just by being a voice of change!

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