We all are right now grieving the death of the music legend Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. He was a good person, a good singer, a good husband, a good dad, and an awesome public figure. We only know him as a man with a good life and a man who has all the fame and money in the world. We should take a moment to know more about his life and his hardships he suffered as a kid. He was a kid from a below middle-class family who was molested and neglected. A kid who has been molested reaching such big heights deserves at least that much respect.
Here are our last respects to the legend, Chester Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017):
1. Chester Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His mother was a nurse, while his father was a police detective who worked with child sex abuse cases.
He looked good as a kid. There aren’t many photos of him from his child hood.
2. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old, and his father gained custody of him.
After the divorce, Bennington started abusing marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD. He eventually overcame his drug addiction and would go on to denounce drug use in future interviews. During one Linkin Park tour, he started heavily drinking. In 2011, he claimed to have quit, noting: “I just don’t want to be that person anymore.
3. At the age of 17, Bennington moved in with his mother and was banned from leaving the house when his mother discovered his drug activity.
He worked at a Burger King before starting his career as a professional musician. He was physically bullied in high school. In an interview, he said: “I, was knocked around like a rag doll at school, for being skinny and looking different.”
4. Chester Bennington was molested in his childhood.
“When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun,” he says suddenly and disarmingly. “No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started. But about four years ago I went to visit my mom and I saw a picture of myself and I remember very clearly when that picture was taken. All of a sudden, because I had kids, I looked at it and thought: ‘Wow, that’s what I looked like.’ And then I remembered. Oh, my God. I remember that being molested at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. Oh, my God, that was fucking happening to me and I was just that little, much earlier than I’d remembered. My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.” – Chester was quoted saying this in an interview. He said that he was molested was only a word, he was nearly raped.
5. Bennington first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends. They released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993.
Later, Sean Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998 but struggled to find another band.