The copycatting among Grunge musicians appears to have extended into the future as evidenced by Chester Bennington picking Chris Cornell's birthday to kill himself by hanging. Bennington reinforced the dark interaction with a repeat similar patterns found in Cornell's suicide.
The carnage continues.
The field of suicidology (the scientific study of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention) encompasses overt methods that result in death by suicide, as well as parasuicidal deaths, such as drug overdoses.
In the examination of copycat suicides, the line between suicides and parasuicdes is often quite thin. Or blurred.
Prevention and prediction, based on the anniversary syndrome, are intermingled. And I have done both.*
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, Dec. 3, 2015. Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog frontman and solo artist Chris Cornell, May 18, 2017. And now Chester Bennington, singer of Linkin Park, on July 20, 2017 – found dead at 41 on his late friend Cornell’s birthday. In just over 18 months, three singers who helped define a generation of the hard rock sound, who were tied together artistically and personally, have succumbed to the very emotional pain that fueled their music and sold millions of albums over a 30-year-long period. ~ William Goodman, Billboard, July 21, 2017.
The Copycat Effect
Chester Bennington, a member of the band Linkin Park, which has been called "post-grunge" by the media, was inspired and copycatted Chris Cornell. He copied the Jesus Christ Pose in his performances, and even his pug. Bennington sang at Cornell's memorial tribute. He copied the method of suicide (hanging), picked Cornell's birthday to die, and even used the same hanging location (a door between the bedroom and bathroom). The modeling ran deep.
In 1934 the novelist Irving Stone published an account of Van Gogh's life titled Lust for Life, based on Van Gogh's letters to Theo. This book and the 1956 film of the same name further enhanced his fame. Now we know albums are given this name for a deeper reason.
August 22 is the birth date of Layne Staley, a member of Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Class of '99, Alice N' Chains, and Sleze. April 5 in 1994 was the day that Kurt Cobain, died by suicide. Layne Staley made his exit via the parasuicidal method of a drug overdose on April 5, 2002, the anniversary date of Cobain's suicide; a day after former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr's birthday.
Pete Ham, guitarist and singer of rock band Badfinger (April 23, 1975)
Phil Ochs, political folksinger (April 9, 1976)
David Munrow, musician and early music historian, (May 15, 1976)
Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division (May 18, 1980)
Tom Evans, a member of the rock band Badfinger (November 19, 1983)
Richard Manuel, musician best known for his membership in The Band (March 4, 1986)
Kim Kwang-Seok, South Korean folk rock singer (January 6, 1996)
Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS (November 22, 1997)
Rozz Williams, American musician of Christian Death (April 1, 1998)
hide, Japanese rock musician (May 2, 1998)
Stuart Adamson, British musician of Big Country and Skids (December 16, 2001)
Jon Lee, drummer with Feeder (January 7, 2002)
Paul Hester, former drummer of Crowded House (March 26, 2005)
Simone Battle, singer in the band G.R.L (September 5, 2014)
Chris Cornell, musician, frontman of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog (May 18, 2017)
Chester Bennington, musician, frontman of Linkin Park, singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and founder/frontman of Dead by Sunrise. (July 20, 2017)
*Footnote: My assessment of a variety of factors are a key in predicting human behavior. There is nothing psychic nor magical about it. This was discussed greatly about the Aurora, Colorado/Dark Knight Rises shooting. See Dangerous Minds. And a list of 14 predictions.
I foresaw, after Chris Cornell died, that another would die by hanging. Synchromystic documentary producer Will Morgan pointed out a deeper level of my forecast, the evening of Chester Bennington's suicide: