Dave Grohl Talks Mental Health, Losing Bennington & Cornell

By Desiree Bowie 09/01/17

"I think that mental health and depression is something that people should really take seriously. And there's a stigma attached to it, which is unfortunate." 

Dave Grohl

After the tragic deaths of rockers Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, fellow musicians from bands like Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, and Creed have spoken out about the importance of addressing mental health issues and the need to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Now, Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, is discussing the untimely deaths of his musical peers and the need for mental health to be taken seriously. 

"When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester, depression is a disease, and everybody kind of goes through it their own way," Grohl said in an interview with New Zealand's RockFM. "I can't speak for anybody else's condition, but the hardest part is when you lose a friend. And I just always immediately think of their families, their bandmates, 'cause going through something like suicide, it's a long road. And Chris was such a beautiful guy, man—he was the sweetest person, he was so talented, he had so much to offer—that it was a real shock to hear that he had gone."

If there's anyone who understands how it feels to lose a bandmate and close friend to suicide, it's Grohl. Back in 1993, Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain took his own life in his Seattle home. 

"I think that mental health and depression is something that people should really take seriously," Grohl added. "And there's a stigma attached to it, which is unfortunate, because just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it's important that people really try to take care of themselves in that way too. And it ain't easy. You know, life's hard."

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins chimed in on the discussion: "Like [Dave] said, people [think], 'You've got it so together.' It just goes to show you, it doesn't matter what's in your bank account, or how many hits are on your YouTube page, or all that kind of crap—it all goes out the window if, like Dave said, you're not feeling right."

Hawkins continued, "[Soundgarden] were a big inspiration for us as musicians, and Chris Cornell was just the master. So the loss, it's a bummer, but, like Dave said, that's a real thing. Look after yourselves, and if it looks like someone's down, way down, check on 'em."

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie