Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix says he “struggled with a lot of the same demons” as Chester Bennington

Shaddix added that "there's hope" for artists struggling with loneliness

Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has opened up about the death of Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington. Bennington passed away at the age of 41 after he was tragically found dead at his California home on July 20.

Papa Roach and Linkin Park toured together in their early careers, including a stint at Ozzfest. After Bennington’s passing, Papa Roach honoured the frontman with a cover of Linkin Park’s In The End during a concert in September.

Speaking to Christina Rowatt, host of Australia’s YouTube interview show The Void with Christina, Shaddix explained that both he and Bennington “have struggled with a lot of the same demons, a lot of the same issues.”

“I’m deeply saddened to know that it came to that for him in his life,” he said of Bennington’s ultimate passing. “It’s, like, God, it’s just fucking terrible. But the reality is we can try to find these things that we feel fill the whole in our soul and a lot of us struggle in trying to find that and sometimes it just gets too dark.

“And that’s how it got for him and, unfortunately, it came to that. It’s incredibly sad. He left a lot of loving people behind. But through the story, it opened up a bigger dialogue.”

Shaddix also spoke of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who passed away in May 2017. “You just think about these great dudes that a lot of people looked up to and you just see the power in their music and how it influenced and affected and lifted people out of these dark places. That’s hardcore stuff.”

“I sit here as a testament, as a man that has been to those dark places my own self, and I haven’t taken those actions,” Shaddix continued “And just to say to people, there’s hope.

“What I would say that’s the thing that I think gets a lot of us rock and rollers is there’s a loneliness at times that sets in. When you’re out on the road and you’re doing it for so long, and you don’t know who really wants to just love you for you or for your status or whatnot, and so you’re careful about who you let into your life, and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself isolated and alone and lonely, and that’s a dangerous place for a lot of people to be.” You can watch the full interview below.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda says the band will continue after the death of Chester Bennington.

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