Chester Bennington’s Widow Talinda Posts Private Footage Filmed Shortly Before His Death
In an effort to prove that "depression doesn’t have a face or a mood," Chester Bennington's widow, Talinda Bennington, has posted private footage filmed less than two days before the Linkin Park frontman ended his life.
The home video, embedded in the tweet below, finds Bennington spending time with his family — and appearing for all the world like someone for whom suicide would be distant, fleeting thought. That's precisely the point behind what Talinda called her "most personal tweet" ever — an effort to dispel the myth that depression always carries easily identifiable signs to help friends and loved ones ward off the unthinkable before it happens.
"This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death," she wrote. "He loved us SO much & we loved him."
Talinda Bennington's post continues a series of public outreach efforts undertaken by his survivors in the days since his death, many with an eye toward using the singer's private ordeal as an education tool for anyone suffering from depression — or laboring under the many misconceptions about the disease. She'd previously penned an editorial for Rolling Stone, describing him as "a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice" and taking solace in the idea that he is now "pain free, singing his songs in all of our hearts."
More recently, Bennington's 15-year-old son Draven posted a video pledging to seek help if he finds himself feeling suicidal — and urging others to follow suit. "I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself, when I’m feeling depressed or sad or going through a hard week or month or year," he says in the clip, embedded below. "And I want to challenge you to do the same, to help yourself, not hurt yourself."
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