The world is still coming to terms with the tragic news that 41-year-old Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington killed himself yesterday.
Many fans and fellow musicians took to social media to share their grief over the reported suicide, but one particular message from Korn guitarist Brian Welch has caused serious backlash.
In an emotional post, he essentially branded Chester Bennington a coward – something which he is now facing huge criticism for…
“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,” he began.
“How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide shit! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sympathetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! ”
After receiving a barrage of angry Tweets from grieving fans who branded his message “insensitive” and even threatened to boycott Korn, Brian Welch posted once more to clear things up…
“I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester,” he wrote.
“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.”
We are still waiting on an official statement, but for now all we can say is that we are heartbroken by this news. Chester Bennington was a true inspiration to the music industry, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this horrific time.