Talinda Bennington posted a 40-second video showing her husband, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, laughing with family members just 36 hours before he committed suicide on July 20. The clip was intended to show “that depression doesn’t have a face or mood,” and serves as a reminder that those suffering from depression can be “really good at hiding it.”
As reported by the Daily Mail, Chester, who was 41 when he took his own life, was filmed while he and his son tried a variety of jelly beans featuring strange and unique flavors.
Talinda posted the “personal tweet” to demonstrate that those suffering from depression don’t always act the way one would assume.
The video was captioned, “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him.”
Draven Bennington, Chester’s 15-year-old son, released a series of videos as part of National Suicide Prevention Week shortly after his father’s death, including one discussing the warning signs of suicide with Angelica Guajardo, a marriage and family therapist.
During the first video, Draven said, “I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself when I’m feeling depressed, sad or going through a hard week, month or year.” He continues, “I want to challenge you to do the same – to help yourself, not hurt yourself.”
When Draven was asked about any warning signs he noticed before Chester took his own life, Draven stated, “He was really good at hiding it. I saw him a week before, and I would not be able to tell one thing that was different.”
He added, “I thought everything was going great.”
Draven continued by saying he believes Chester planned the last visit so they could spend some time together before Chester committed suicide.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 16, 2017