CHESTER BENNINGTON's Family To Combat Copycat Suicides
According to The Pulse Of Radio, the family of late LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington is establishing an organization to help fans who are struggling to come to terms with the vocalist's suicide. Sources told TMZ that the organization will aim to raise awareness and provide resources to fans and young people contemplating suicide.
The Bennington family is said to be worried that fans may want to "glorify or somehow honor" the deaths of Bennington and his friend, SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell, by taking their own lives. Cornell hung himself on May 18, while Bennington ended his life the same way on July 20 — what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
There is currently no timeline for when the organization will be established.
Following Bennington's death, his LINKIN PARK bandmates established a tribute site that also provides links to resources for anyone in need of support. Contact information for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and international organizations are all available there.
There have been several anecdotal stories in the last month of LINKIN PARK fans taking their own lives, and one direct copycat suicide reported in Argentina.
The victim, a 15-year-old boy, hung himself with a belt just as Bennington did. Music from LINKIN PARK was found on the boy's phone.
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