When someone commits suicide, no one really knows what to say--especially loved ones. They feel abandoned and like they were not enough reason to stick around, but on the other hand, they realize that there are often very complex and deep mental and emotional issues at play, and sometimes even drugs.
When Linkin Park's lead singer, Chester Bennington, committed suicide this month, his family, friends, and bandmates were shocked. He left six kids behind and a distraught wife. In a statement concerning the suicide, his band acknowledged his "demons" as the reason for his death.
"We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve," the band said.
But friend and leader singer of the band "Korn," Brian "Head" Welch, 47, has a different take on the suicide. In a passionate Facebook post processing the death of his friend, Welch expressed anger at the suicide, calling it "cowardly," reports the Christian Post. Welch wrote, "Honestly, Chester's an old friend who we've hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly p*ssing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I'm sick of this suicide s**t!"
"I've battled depression/mental illness, and I'm trying to be sympathetic, but it's hard when you're p*ssed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! I'm sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I'm just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings," he continued.
"Lord, take Chester in your arms and please re-unite him with his family and all of us one day. Be with his wife and kids with your grace during this difficult time."
Linkin Park fans called Welch's words "insensitive," and so Welch issued an apology and an explanation for his strong rant. "I didn't mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester. I'm p*ssed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night," he noted.
Welch used to be entrenched in addiction and depression, but became a Christian and found freedom. He shared about it last year: "I was at a last resort. Doctors couldn't help me. My willpower couldn't help me. I was in the gutter, and I needed help. And this family fell into my lap at the perfect time. They ended up inviting me to go to church with them. And like I said, I had made fun of this stuff before, but I found out that this guy Jesus came around and said he was the son of God. They put him on a cross and he was crucified for all our sins," Welch said.
What do you think of Welch's strong statements about Bennington's suicide? Do you agree that suicide is often the "cowardly" way out? Or do you think people are often outside of their right mind when they take their life? Share your thoughts and prayers for the family in the Comments! Thank you!