Jared Leto's VMAs Tribute to Chester Bennington

Jared Leto ended his speech by offering encouragement to viewers suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, reminding them they are not alone and urging them not to give up.

If you're struggling, you can find more information via Samaritans and Mind or you can call the Samaritans helpline on 116 123.

Jared Leto paid tribute to Chester Bennington Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards as he introduced a clip featuring the late singer's band, Linkin Park. He was precocious, full of life and determined and grew up to become the singer of one of the biggest rock bands in the history of music.

Jared said he will always remember Chester smiling, and that his late friend's voice will live on.

The family is thought to be anxious that "in the wake of two huge rock stars recently committing suicide, fans of theirs might want to glorify or somehow honor their deaths by doing the same" and that suicide may considered as an "appropriate way out". Chester said of Chris, "Your voice was joy and pain and anger and forgiveness, love and heartache, all wrapped up into one.' Just weeks later, Chester himself was gone". As he was to so many.

"Witnessing his life taught me important things", Leto added. Especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it.

Linkin Park have themselves announced a special tribute event for fans to pay their respects to Chester, and are planning a gathering in Los Angeles some time in the near future. There is always a way forward.

"The absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days", he said.

MTV is using today's VMAs broadcast to raise awareness and support for mental health, via the US-based website Half of Us.


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