The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington on July 20 was a tragic event that elicited an outpouring of grief from fans of the singer’s music and even those with only a passing knowledge of Linkin Park’s influence on music in the early 2000s (personally, I was never a fan but I can’t deny Bennington had a profound impact on the lives of millions of young people). Unfortunately, suicide tends to bring a lot of negative responses and Bennington had his fair share of detractors as well, including Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, who drew the ire and scorn of many with his response to the singer’s death:

“Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out.” Welch wrote in a Facebook post. “This is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide sh*t! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sympathetic, but it’s hard when you’re pissed!”

Not exactly the best take, right? Welch apparently agrees with that sentiment, as the musician walked back his comments this week, explaining in an interview with WRIF that, “I spoke with a broken heart, a shattered heart, devastation and grief. And I would have worded it different. But when in the history of rock music, or even the music business, have we ever seen anything like that?”

Welsh also took time to touch on Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s suicide from earlier this year (Bennington was close friends with Cornell), stating, “Chris Cornell ended his life [and I was] heartbroken. I wasn’t close to him, but it was just like … [You would expect that from] people that are messed up in their lives, not this guy who has a family and is doing so well. And we heart stories, maybe it was the Ativan — an anti-depressent — that did it. So tragic, right?”

Whether or not Welsh’s comments will be enough to earn the forgiveness of Chester Bennington’s fans, it sure sounds like he’s in the same boat as all of us: totally confused by what happened to both Bennington and Chris Cornell and struggling to make sense of senseless tragedy. And how can you when Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, claims that her and her husband “had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul?”

(Via: Uproxx)