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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington took his own life last month, resulting in tributes and some speculation that his decision may have been influenced by Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden singer who also took his own life earlier this year. In a new piece from Rolling Stone, Benningtonā€™s close friends dispel that myth, citing that Benningtonā€™s death was more directly related to his own mental health and addiction issues.

Ryan Shuck, a friend and collaborator of Benningtonā€™s, says the singer had opened up to him a month before his death about his struggles, describing via text ā€œan hour-by-hour battle with addiction.ā€ Apparently, Bennington had relapsed from his sobriety as recently as October. Other friends say that he was often upbeat, and Linkin Parkā€™s tour manager described him as being in ā€œthe best physical condition of his life.ā€


Rolling Stoneā€™s account includes recollections from the likes of Jared Letoā€”who recently wrote a tribute to Benningtonā€”as well as members of Stone Temple Pilots and ZZ Top. The piece is filled with stories of Benningtonā€™s kindness, humor, and the joy he took in his family, which are exactly the kinds of stories one can assume heā€™d want to be remembered by.

Hereā€™s a nice one:

Steve Stevens, who plays guitar with Billy Idol, remembers Bennington holding a new puppy while greeting everyone who came backstage at an event last October for Rock to Recovery, an organization for sober musicians. ā€œHe was making sure that everybody got to meet the dog at the door,ā€ he says. ā€œIt was so endearing and so Chester.ā€


Read the whole piece here.