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Chester Bennington Seemed Fine Just Days Before Suicide (Photo)

| by David Bonner

A photo of the late Chester Bennington makes a powerful statement about depression.

Chester, the singer of the world-famous band Linkin Park, committed suicide on July 20, just days before the group was scheduled to begin a tour in support of their new album, Rolling Stone reported.

On Sept. 7, his wife, Talinda Bennington, tweeted a photo of herself with Chester and four of their six children during a day at the beach, notes the website Scary Mommy.

In the picture, Chester's seemingly happy demeanor is now questioned because of Talinda's caption, which reads: "This was days b4 my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you'd never know."

In recent interviews, the singer seemed optimistic about the future, despite his pessimistic past.

"Where I'm at right now in 2017 is as far on the opposite side of the scale to where I was at this time in 2015," he said in an interview with Rock Sound, reports Scary Mommy. "I literally hated life and I was like, 'I don't want to have feelings.' And now I'm like, 'Bring it on!'"

Ever since his death, Talinda has tweeted frequent messages aimed at those dealing with depression and mental illness, often including the hashtag #MakeChesterProud.

"You CAN help," she wrote in one Twitter post. "Read tweets and reach out with love and support to those that are having a bad day."

Talinda issued a statement to Rolling Stone after his death:

One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero -- their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy.

... How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive.

... He was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would've wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.

Numerous show-business friends expressed their sympathies following the news of his passing.

"Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show," tweeted Jimmy Kimmel. "My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly."

"I remember the 1st day I went in the basement Warner Bros. Records to hear you," reminisced Nile Rodgers, musician and producer.

Justin Timberlake wrote: "RIP to Chester Bennington and my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the Linkin Park family. Truly unique, humble frontman."

Although the suicide rate in the United States declined from 1986 through 1999, it has steadily increased from 1999 through 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults.

Sources: Scary Mommy, Rolling Stone, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Featured Image: Sry85/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Twitter via Scary Mommy, Pexels

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