Serial killer …

Just in case we get complacent, just in case we should forget that suicide does not discriminate (it really doesn’t), a sad news article appeared yesterday concerning the apparent suicide of 52 year old Chris Cornell, lead singer of American rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, who died after hanging himself, it is reported.

Aged just 52, Chris was found dead in a hotel room just hours after finishing a Soundgarden concert at the Fox Theatre.

Chris Cornell Twitter Image
Chris Cornell Twitter Image taken from @chriscornell

Chris appeared upbeat on Twitter when he posted ‘Finally back to rock city” in reference to what would be Soundgarden’s last gig with Chris.

Our hearts go out to his friends and family and they will now be facing an all too familiar daily occurrence – losing a loved one to suicide and the dreadful, tormenting lack of information about how and why this happened.

Clearly a talented, respected and well liked man, earning a living doing something he loved, the assumption (always dangerous to make these) is that he had it all and life must have been a bowl of cherries.  It obviously wasn’t to Chris and the thousands of others who take their lives each year.  Never judge a book by its cover, because what you see on the outside is not necessarily an accurate reflection of what’s going on inside.  People can be very clever at concealing their own truth, their real self.

What was going through Chris’s mind when he was on stage we’ll never know. Had he already decided to end his life? Or did something happen between the performance ending and him hanging himself? Certainly, even if his family and close friends had suspected he may have been depressed, stressed or anxious, the feelings of complete shock his suicide has evoked suggest no-one ever expected him to take his own life.

According to figures taken from the World Health Organisation website ( WHO ) , there are approximately 800,000 deaths by suicide around the world each year.  In addition, WHO also say on their website that there are many more who attempt suicide –  “There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide” – these figures are staggering to a frightening degree.  There is a global serial killer on the loose and it is called Suicide.

The Samaritans have produced some interesting data in relation to suicides between 2013 and 2015 in their 2017 report.  You can read it here.

RIP Chris, we all hope you are now at peace.

Anyone feeling distressed or suicidal should call the Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email in the UK.


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