Bert McCracken Of The Used

The Used’s Bert McCracken Says Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Helped Him Overcome Suicidal Thoughts


The Used‘s latest album “The Canyon” deals heavily with suicide, having been inspired by the suicide of singer Bert McCracken‘s Traegan around a year ago. The loss of Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington to suicide this year has also weighed on McCracken as well.

The vocalist recently told Forbes that he once struggled with suicidal thoughts and it was in part Bennington who helped him overcome them. Of that he commented:

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“There’s a lot of stigma surrounding depression, we know there’s no cure. And to speak of suicide with any connotations to selfishness makes me sick and so angry that I end conversations immediately.

Chester was there for me at a time where I was deadly suicidal and he saved my life in 2004. The fact that nobody was able to be there for him in those moments is something we all should think about.

How I’ve chosen to deal with the death of Chester and my friend Traegan is to try to deal it with the opposite way I dealt with death in the past and that’s not internalize anything and maybe speak about it all the time, put it out there to fans, strangers even.

And in that way I kind of feel more connected to what depression might be, more a problem of humanity, a problem with American entitlement and boredom.”

McCracken previously opened up about his past struggles in this video.

[via Rockfeed]

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