WATCH: Russell Brand Discusses Chester Bennington's Suicide

27 July 2017, 13:46 | Updated: 21 August 2017, 18:10

Russell Brand and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

The comedian and Radio X DJ has spoken about the tragic death of the Linkin Park frontman in his latest Trews episode.

Russell brand has dedicated another Trews episode to the subject of male suicide, following the shocking death of Chester Bennington on Thursday 20 July.

Watch it below: 

Talking about the tragic phenomenon of men taking their own lives in their middle age, Brand said: "Many are saying that both of these recent suicides are a point to the idea of disillusionment, dissatisfaction, that is more pronounced in the case of famous and successful men, but it's probably something that all men this age experience..."

Speaking of his own experience, he added: "I know I've had thoughts of suicide before, and the reason I've not carried it out is that I've always been fortunate enough to have access to other people, who've said, 'Yeah I've felt like that, don't do anything dramatic about it. There are other ways. This is temporary. This will go by.'"

Brand has previously explored the subject, after the suicide of Chris Cornell, who was Chester Bennington's close friend.

Tragically, the Linkin Park frontman took his own life on what would have been the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer's 53rd Birthday.

At the news of his passing Chris Cornell's wife, Vicky, took to Twitter to write: "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more.....I love you T"

Tributes have continued to pour in for the Numb singer from across the music world.

Jared Leto gave a heartfelt speech about his friend during 30 Seconds To Mars' gig last weekend at Jones Beach Theater. 

See a clip of the moment courtesy of YouTube account Nag:

Before playing a moving version of their Alibi track, the Suicide Squad actor said: "It's been a really tough few days. We said goodbye to somebody in recent days who was an amazing artist and an incredible human being. Somebody who I know probably touched almost every body in this entire amphitheatre."

He added: "He taught me so much, and when I close my eyes and think about him, I think about his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart which he wore on his sleeve."

This week Chris Moyles and the Radio X breakfast team even took a moment to marvel over Bennington's vocal talent. 

Watch him play Chester Bennington's isolated vocals on Linkin Park's hit, Numb:

See Chester Bennington perform his last ever show with Linkin Park in Birmingham:


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