“When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester – depression is a disease,” said frontman Dave Grohl, who also lost Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain to suicide. “Everybody goes through it their own way.”
Drummer Taylor Hawkins continued: “It doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account or how many hits are on your YouTube page, all that kind of crap all goes out the window if you’re not feeling right.
“If it looks like someone is down – way down – check on them.”
This comes after Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘The Clown’ Crahan spoke to NME about mental health issues and the loss of both Bennington and Cornell.
“What people need to know is that there are beautiful, wonderful people in the world who have empathy and work with the human condition,” Clown told NME. “They understand what being ‘sick’ is. It’s not a human being’s fault to have chemical imbalances. We’re just scared. The people who you think are the most solid are often the most hurt. That can be hard to wrap your head around.”
Meanwhile, Chester Bennington’s family have set up a charity to help his fans who may be struggling with depression.