The Used frontman Bert McCracken has opened up about the death of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, sharing a personal story about how the late singer saved his life at a time when he was “deadly suicidal”.
McCracken battled drug use through his teenage years, while his foray into adulthood would make matters even more difficult. He was homeless before he began fronting The Used. In 2004, McCracken’s high school sweetheart suddenly died while carrying their unborn child.
He was devastated.
The Linkin Park frontman helped pick him up during that time where he says he was “deadly suicidal” telling Forbes in a new interview.
“There’s a lot of stigma surrounding depression, we know there’s no cure. And to speak of suicide with any connotations to selfishness makes me sick and so angry that I end conversations immediately,” McCracken says. “Chester was there for me at a time where I was deadly suicidal and he saved my life in 2004. The fact that nobody was able to be there for him in those moments is something we all should think about.”
“How I’ve chosen to deal with the death of Chester [is] the opposite way I dealt with death in the past and that’s not internalize anything and maybe speak about it all the time, put it out there to fans, strangers even. And in that way I kind of feel more connected to what depression might be, more a problem of humanity, a problem with American entitlement and boredom.”