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Corey Taylor Addresses Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell Suicides

From Rolling Stone - August 11, 2017

Slipknotand Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor criticized fans who have called Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell "cowards" for taking their own lives, describing that viewpoint as "immature" in a recent Loudwire interview.

"Obviously they are hurt, which is why they are lashing out and saying that," the vocalist said. "It's the easy way to look at something like that because it makes you not have to face what a serious issue it is. It's easy for someone to label it like that so they can turn their back on it and pretend that it was something that did not happen to them, when inside they are hurting."

The revered rock singers both died by suicide weeks apart from each other. Cornell died in May at age 52, and Bennington died in July at age 41. Taylor called their deaths a "goddamn tragedy" and rejected the idea that their suicides were "bound to happen."

"I have gotten so angry hearing that that I have gone on record saying, 'You are absolutely wrong for saying that,'" he said. "A suicide should not be a foregone conclusion. That means you are not listening."

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