Celebrity Deaths and the impact on their fans

Chester Bennington

Celebrity deaths like the untimely demise of Chester Bennington will leave a void in the hearts and minds of adults and teenagers alike. He created a fictional persona in order to cope with his pressures of media attention as he became an integral part of rock culture. Chester had an altruistic trait in his personality which facilitated his giving millions to charities.

Like many famous celebrity deaths during the past year, there are psychological aspects associated with how we mourn their loss. We know where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the death of Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell, the list is endless. Moments after we hear the news social media is saturated with videos and tributes of the late singer’s performances and lyrics.

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Chester Bennington with his bandmates Linkin Park

Ironically whilst we feel the loss we have in fact rarely met these pop idols, we know little about their real lives and intimacies, we know nothing about the reality of the causes of their depression. Loss of a loved one is intensified by the meaning it has for our own person and the joy it has now eliminated. Depression and low mood are normal to experience in particular when we lose our pop idol. For older adults, he was our teenage heart-throb and this becomes an integral part of our personal identity. These feelings of sadness are in fact good for us to experience with celebrity deaths. The reason being that it heightens our sense of empathy and understanding of death.

Some celebrities die after a long life of service to entertainment whilst other are taken from us in their early life. Celebrity deaths help us to understand the nature of addictions and its tragic consequences. In the context of Celebrity culture, it helps fans and viewers to assess their own values and beliefs about death and also helps fans understand the full humanity of celebrities and the problems they have to endure on tour and the struggle to maintain a degree of intimacy about their private family lives and relationships.

These strange feelings of sadness may, as a matter of fact, be good for us to experience when a celebrity dies. Some celebrities die after a long life of service to entertainment whilst other are taken from us in their early life. Celebrity deaths help us to understand the nature of addictions and its tragic consequences. In the context of Celebrity culture, it helps fans and viewers to assess their own values and beliefs about death and also helps fans understand the full humanity of celebrities and the problems they have to endure on tour and the struggle to maintain a degree of intimacy about their private family lives and relationships. At the hearing of the late Chester Bennington’s death, it became nostalgic for me and many others when we reflect back psychologically to the time and place we heard that song and its lyrics.

Chester Bennington


October 14th, 2017 by