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Chester

August 5, 2017

I've been Listening to Linkin Park since I was a teen, I feel like they're part of my life. One of my idols, Chester is now gone and everything seems shaken and screwed up in my head - I'm broken but you're not there to fix me anymore.

Ya'll have opinions about the band's recent musical choices, but their message/theme remains. Their ability to keep producing meaningful and tasteful songs, is extraordinary. I sing along and realise "he's just like me, this guy really understands how I feel and think" - I connect and relate to their songs, it's a warm comforting feeling.


Their music provide me with relief, solace and enjoyment during times of anxiety and depression; giving me hope and faith that things do get better. Chester openly talked about his issues and demons; vented his thoughts through writing and performance. Gave me courage to open up to people and do the same.

He found his outlet and saviour through music, showing me that he is proof of success in overcoming/maintaining depression - it gave me something to strive for in future, knowing that I too will get my life together when I'm older and successful. It upsets me that it wasn't enough in the end; he was still battling his mind but lost. I guess I feel like my faith and hope have somewhat diminished.

Riches and success will not bring you happiness; even if you're doing what you love, you're not always guaranteed happiness if your own mind plagues you.

Never judge someone by their choices, they've their reasons; some people say suicide is a "cowards" way out - that's just like saying dying of cancer is a "weak effort". You'll never understand the thought process and actions of a person battling depression unless you live with it - you don't know what they've been through; just try to understand and support them before it's too late.

Thank you for leaving us with inspirational music; I'd never be a musician if it wasn't for your band. The thought of Linkin Park discontinuing or continuing with out you is surreal. I listen to your music now trying to hold back tears but I now understand, your words are clearer than ever; your plea for help was always present. #RIPChester #linkinpark 

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