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Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Decries Suicide In Wake Of Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington’s Deaths (Updated)


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Update #2 – July 20th 05:25pm:

Welch has again posted with more explanation into his original statements:

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“This is my favorite band, @thrice. This might be my favorite photo of them; tearing up a green room in the most stereotypical of ways, and all drinking… water. Hydrating. Treating their bodies like tools of their craft. Music is one of the most relentlessly difficult industries to work in.

It’s taken a toll on my body; mentally, physically, spiritually. From the outside, I completely understand why people roll their eyes when we highlight the difficulties. You see what we want you to see. The show. The facade. The pristine package. But creating that package asks us for more vulnerability than I think we’re prepared for when we start out.

We find places in our souls that most have the luxury of not exploring. It gets dark. I’m really not here to dishonor a hurting family, hurting friends, a hurting band. I’m not here to cheapen a tragedy. I know self medication is a means to quiet the demands for more when you’ve already given so much and I know it can get out of hand before you realize it has.

I know before you realize it, you’re not “making decisions” and it’s not “stupidity.” I know before you realize it, you’re just surviving. But I AM here to say I’m tired of it. I’m weary of the loss. Suicide often isn’t a momentary decision. It’s often the end of a path that’s been walked for years.

Decisions you make early on reap their results.. YEARS.. later. I’m not often moved by the events of people I don’t know personally. I don’t understand the celebrity worship prevalent in our culture, but it’s been different as of late. I’ve been hurting for the Cornells and I now hurt for the Benningtons.

I chose this photo; a photo of a band not related to either one of them, not to forget them, not to shame them, not to disrespect them, but to promote “how it should be.” Let’s celebrate people. Let’s celebrate good things. Let’s celebrate art and each other. There’s a lot of darkness and hurt out there. You can add to it, you can make it colder, darker, or you can shine a light on it.”

#Repost @jaybrandon (@get_repost) ··· This is my favorite band, @thrice. This might be my favorite photo of them; tearing up a green room in the most stereotypical of ways, and all drinking… water. Hydrating. Treating their bodies like tools of their craft. Music is one of the most relentlessly difficult industries to work in. It’s taken a toll on my body; mentally, physically, spiritually. From the outside, I completely understand why people roll their eyes when we highlight the difficulties. You see what we want you to see. The show. The facade. The pristine package. But creating that package asks us for more vulnerability than I think we’re prepared for when we start out. We find places in our souls that most have the luxury of not exploring. It gets dark. I’m really not here to dishonor a hurting family, hurting friends, a hurting band. I’m not here to cheapen a tragedy. I know self medication is a means to quiet the demands for more when you’ve already given so much and I know it can get out of hand before you realize it has. I know before you realize it, you’re not “making decisions” and it’s not “stupidity.” I know before you realize it, you’re just surviving. But I AM here to say I’m tired of it. I’m weary of the loss. Suicide often isn’t a momentary decision. It’s often the end of a path that’s been walked for years. Decisions you make early on reap their results.. YEARS.. later. I’m not often moved by the events of people I don’t know personally. I don’t understand the celebrity worship prevalent in our culture, but it’s been different as of late. I’ve been hurting for the Cornells and I now hurt for the Benningtons. I chose this photo; a photo of a band not related to either one of them, not to forget them, not to shame them, not to disrespect them, but to promote “how it should be.” Let’s celebrate people. Let’s celebrate good things. Let’s celebrate art and each other. There’s a lot of darkness and hurt out there. You can add to it, you can make it colder, darker, or you can shine a light on it.

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Update – July 20th 04:35pm:

Welch has further clarified his comments:

He also issued a slightly altered statement from his Instagram post via his Facebook:

“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! 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 sempethetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!

I’m sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I’m just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings.

Lord, take Chester in your arms and please re-unite him with his family and all of us one day. Be with his wife and kids with your grace during this difficult time.”

Original Story:

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch took to Instagram today (July 20th) to share the below post in the wake of the recent death of Soundgarden, etc. frontman Chris Cornell and today’s passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. Both Cornell and Bennington ended their own lives by hanging themselves. An emotional Welch posted:

“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! 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 sempethetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! Not trying to be insensitive… I’m just having an emotional day. Love you Chester. And Chris.”

The clip he shared in his post comes from the below performance:

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