News of the tragic death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has triggered an outpouring of sorrow among fellow musicians, with several of his contemporaries already paying tribute on social media.
“Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off,” Welch writes.
He goes on to criticise Bennington, saying, “How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?!
“I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic [sic], but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!”
The post has triggered reactions both of support and criticism from fans. “Hearing suicide being called cowardly just makes you feel that much more alone and shameful for even thinking of killing yourself,” writes one commenter.
“Everyone has the right feel how they feel and in this case we are all judging, Head, someone who actually knew Chester, for feeling a bit of resentment. We all grieve differently,” says another.
Welch has since clarified his statement, writing in another Facebook post, “I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today.
“Love you Chester. I’m pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night.”
UPDATE: Korn have now dedicated a performance of their song ‘4 U’ to Chester Bennington.