A GUITARIST from American nu metal band Korn has copped backlash after branding dead Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington a “coward”.
Bennington’s unexpected death rocked the music world after it emerged the 41-year-old took his own life in his home near Los Angeles.
Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch took to social media after hearing of Bennington’s death, writing: “I’m p-ssed that you did this”.
Welch wrote: “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 p-ssing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide s---t! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sempethetic (sic), but it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!”
The backlash against Welch was swift with many fans expressing their anger over his words on social media.
Welch later retracted his comments, saying he “didn’t mean to sound insensitive”.
“I didn’t mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester. I’m pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night,” he wrote over Facebook.
He also posted a video, saying “it’s just at the point where it’s too much”.
“It’s just so crazy. I got mad and sad and grieving ... I just don’t want it to happen anymore, you know?”
“We’re just at the point where it’s too much ... Chris Cornell is dead. I never hung out with him but it was just really brutal.
“I was getting over that and whatever and I wake up to hear my friend did the same thing that Chris did. I just feel shocked, you know?”