Talinda Bennington and Anna Shinoda blasted TMZ on Twitter on Tuesday, May 1, after the popular celebrity news website posted an article detailing Avicii’s suicide.
Avicii, 28, was found dead in Oman on April 20. Shortly after his death, reports that he died by suicide surfaced and his family released a statement about his past struggles.
“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace,” the statement read, in part.
Talinda Bennington’s husband, Chester, died by suicide in the summer of 2017. He was found hanged inside his home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County in July. Two months prior to his death, one of Chester Bennington’s best friends, Chris Cornell, died by suicide. Suicide and mental illness are two things that Bennington and Cornell’s families and friends have had to face over the past few years.
Additionally, Chester Bennington’s longtime friend and Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda was also deeply hurt by his passing. He and his wife, Anna, went through the motions of losing a loved one to suicide as well.
Shortly after TMZ posted an article detailing Avicii’s tragic death, both Talinda and Anna took to social media to fight for the late Avicii and his family. The details of his death and how he chose to kill himself should not have been made public, according to both women’s opinions.
Shinoda’s wife urged people to beat their curiosity and to spare themselves the gruesome details about how Avicii took his own life out of respect for his family.
“If you want to be respectful of the person who has passed and their family and friends, step in front of your curiosity. Your click on that page is your vote. Your click tells them that you want more articles like these. Your click pays them for violating privacy & grieving space,” Anna Shinoda tweeted.
Talinda Bennington quoted Anna Shinoda’s message and added her own thoughts, also encouraging people to not read TMZ’s article.
“Please, please, DO NOT click on the TMZ article or any other about the private details of Avicii’s passing. This is how WE can’t stop,” Talinda Bennington tweeted.
The TMZ article gave fairly specific details about how Avicii chose to take his own life. Some people believe that the site revealed too much personal information about the DJ’s death. His family has not confirmed or denied any of the specific details about his death.
A few comments left on TMZ’s article echoed the opinions of Talinda Bennington and Anna Shinoda.
“Can you leave people alone? What shall we do with this now besides retraumatize (sic) his family,” wrote one commenter.
However, the majority of people seemed to genuinely feel for Avicii and sympathized with his pain. The gruesome details surrounding his suicide didn’t not seem to bother many readers, many of whom even shared their own dark feelings and thoughts, perhaps able to relate to Avicii’s struggles with depression over the years.