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Chester Bennington's family to set up charity for vulnerable fans

Laura  Barnes
Chester Bennington's family to set up charity for vulnerable fans

The family of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is reportedly setting up a charity to help fans who are struggling with his tragic death.

The frontman took his own life last month, on what would have been the 53rd birthday of fellow musicians and friend Chris Cornell, who also took his own life in May.

In the wake of these two tragedies, TMZ has reported that Chester Bennington’s family want to prevent his fans, especially young people, from suffering the same fate.

It the report, TMZ says the family is worried that fans of the two rockstars might want to “glorify or somehow honour their deaths by doing the same”. They're also worried trouble people might view this as an appropriate way out.
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The family wants to raise suicide awareness and provide resources to those contemplating it. “They feel Chester's biggest downfall was being alone, especially in his final moments ... so they want to stress the importance of surrounding yourself with loved ones,” says the report.

This charity will not be the first to step into action following the death of the Linkin Park singer. In July, Help Musicians UK announced its plans for Music Minds Matter – a 24/7 mental health service for musicians.

The campaign is a response to the untimely death of Bennington, and is already being backed by high profile artists, some of whom had personally worked with the frontman.

Our recent column by radio presenter and Dj Rowena Lewis looks into how the idolised rock’n’roll image can act as a disguise – and excuse – for depressive male behaviour. Check it out here.


IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY ANYTHING DISCUSSED IN THIS COLUMN, CALL SAMARITANS ON 116 123 (UK AND ROI) OR VISIT WWW.SAMARITANS.ORG.


 

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