Chester Bennington Was Excited About A Lot Of Things Prior To His Life-Ending Choice, Sean Dowdell Recalls

Grey Daze drummer Sean Dowdell opened up about the passing of Linkin Park frontman and his long-time friend Chester Bennington came unexpectedly since he was excited about what’s to come for him to days prior to his death as Dowell revealed during a recent interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio.

As many of you know, before becoming a worldwide famous lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington first began performing with a band named ‘Sean Dowdell and His Friends?’ and they released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993.

Later on, both Sean Dowdell and Chester Bennington moved on to form a new band, ‘Grey Daze’, and the band recorded a demo in 1993 and two albums: ‘Wake Me’ in 1994, and ‘…No Sun Today’ in 1997. However, Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998 only to become the lead vocalist of Linkin Park.

His longtime friend and former bandmate Sean Dowell opened up about the loss of Chester Bennington during a recent interview and revealed that he did not see that coming at all since he talked to Chester two nights prior to his death and he sounded like he was excited and happy about his future in addition to rehearsals and music.

Here is what Dowell said:

“Over the years, he did struggle in several different areas. But in the weeks and months leading up to his life-ending choice, I guess, is the best way I can put that, I did not sense anything. I talked to him two nights before he passed. He was on top of the world. He was excited about starting rehearsals. He was excited about a lot of things. We were working on a new business location together. I didn’t sense anything.

Now, eight or nine months before that, my wife sensed something in him and said, ‘Chester’s not right. Something’s off.’ And I said, ‘No, no, no. He’s just trying to go for a new look or whatever.’ And she said, ‘No. I can see something in his eyes.’ And she literally said that to me. And I just blew it off, like, ‘No. I don’t think so.’ And then, of course, what happened, happened. And it’s easy to look back and go, ‘Oh, yeah. She saw it.’ But you never truly know what’s happening in someone’s mind.”

As many of you recall, Chester Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California on July 20, 2017, at the age of 41 and his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. It was widely known that Bennington struggled with depression and substance abuse for most of his life, starting in his childhood.

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