Talinda Bennington Slams TMZ For How Avicii's Death Reported - Amy Brooks

Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, the late Swedish DJ ("Wake Me Up") who recently died by suicide at the age of 28, had been struggling with the meaning of life and inner happiness. We have devastatingly heard this story before. The day after Avicii was found dead in his hotel room his family confirmed the cause of death in a statement, "death by suicide".  But that's not how TMZ reported it instead they wrote "committed suicide" and in case you were wondering, there IS a difference especially to those lives effected by a loved one who died by suicide.  Furthermore, TMZ tastelessly described HOW Avicii died and details of how he was reportedly found.

Well, after she read the TMZ article, Chester Bennington's widow, Talinda, rightfully, slammed TMZ on Twitter and begged us to not click on the article:

Talinda Bennington on Twitter

Please, please, DO NOT click on the TMZ article or any other about the private details of Avicii's passing. This is how WE can't stop #filthytmz https://t.co/WxLyhOEq5Y

and then this:

Talinda Bennington on Twitter

Thank you for the article. I would like to politely ask you to change your verbiage a bit though. It is shaming and stigmatizing to say "committed suicide ". Deepest gratuity if you could write "Died by suicide". Thank you @heavysan

She has been an advocate since the day Chester died to not stigmatize mental health and recently she took part in the Canadian Event Safety Summit, speaking about mental illness and what she's learned since Chester's death.  What she says here is so intimate and real, I just can't stop loving and feeling for this woman.

"He struggled with addiction and depression, two things I have never struggled with," Bennington explains. "Over time, I came to learn that taking care of your mental health is, as I said before, as important as taking care of your physical health.

"When Chester died, it was a complete surprise...We had a very dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his life, and I felt, 'OK, Chester sees what Vicky and the kids are going through, and this would never happen.' So we went on a family trip...My husband was full of life. He was very excited to be promoting his new album, so he was happy. He gave me his goodbye; he gave my kids his goodbye, and I never saw him again."

She explains that his death began her journey of normalizing mental health and knowing that it's OK to not be OK—and to ask for help when you need it.


-Amy Brooks