Honor Chester Bennington With One Billion YouTube Views for Touching Song "Numb"
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Chester Bennington was the lead singer for the rock band Linkin Park, the biggest band on YouTube. The band's songs have touched millions of souls and changed lives, helping fans to better understand their own internal strife. However, Bennington was dealing with some demons of his own; he was suffering from depression and struggling with alcoholism.
During this time, on May 18, 2017, his good friend Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself. Bennington was so distraught, as he tweeted in a letter to his deceased friend, "I can't imagine a world without you in it." Less than two months later, just as his depression seemed to be taking a turn for the better, he broke his six-month streak of sobriety and gave into his alcoholism. This mistake cost him his life. On July 20 that same year, on what would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday, Bennington followed in Cornell's footsteps and hung himself while under the influence of alcohol.
Yes, this story may sound like that of just another alcoholic rockstar, but Chester is more than that, since his music has inspired countless lives and continues to inspire others even after his tragic death. Thousands of Linkin Park fans grieved when they heard the news. Their hero had taken his life and was now gone from this world. And their despair was nothing compared to that of Bennington's friends, wife, six children, brothers, and band mates; the many people close to him who never got to say goodbye. Overnight, without warning, this father, husband, brother, friend, and legend vanished from existence.
Because of the impact Bennington has had on countless lives, he deserves a special honor so those lives can start healing and so his memory can live on and continue touching lives. One fan tried to gather all the other fans together to bring the music video for "Numb," one of Bennington's most moving songs, to one billion views on YouTube by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, the video only received around 700M views by that time, but now, the loyal Linkin Park fans are more determined than ever to get the video to one billion views by the end of 2018.
To reach this goal, we must spread awareness about the song and the legacy Bennington left behind. He deserves a spotlight on July 20, 2018, on the Google and YouTube homepages, showcasing his "Numb" music video in memory of the life he left behind. If you want to help, first, please sign this petition so we can send our idea straight to Google headquarters. Second, please follow this link and watch at least 30 seconds of the music video to give it another view count: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXYiU_JCYtU. Finally, please send this music video to your friends and share this petition on social media.
Despacito has 4.4 billion views, and its message is not nearly as powerful as that of Chester Bennington's "Numb." Let's make it our New Years resolution to bring this song to one billion views before 2019!
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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