July 23, 2017 7:11 am
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In a tragic twist following the news Chester Bennington’s death, it looks like his suicide was predicted days before it happened.

A page was created on Facebook on Tuesday called ‘R.I.P. Chester Bennington’ which quickly racked up one million likes.

This page was then swiftly picked up by online site MediaMass who reported his death.

The Facebook page said:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (July 18, 2017), our beloved singer Chester Bennington passed away. Chester Bennington was born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page

MediaMass then wrote an article entitled, ‘Chester Bennington dead 2017: Linkin Park frontman killed by internet death hoax’.

The article began:

News of singer Chester Bennington’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the July 2017 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, Linkin Park frontman is alive and well.

Online hoax checkers Snopes have called out MediaMass for using the Chester Bennington death as an excuse for revenue or clicks.

Allegedly they’ve created hoax deaths for this purpose previously.

Snopes said:

As noted, Chester Bennington’s death was confirmed by law enforcement agencies and the local coroner. Claims to the contrary were a cruel prank, and Bennington’s death was one of several celebrity deaths used by MediaMass simply to pull in traffic and revenue.

Since the publication of the original article, it has been deleted and a new article has surfaced on the MediaMass website confirming the real death of Bennington.

All of this just seems a bit of a strange coincidence. Especially considering it’s such big news, you’d think that MediaMass would have checked their sources.

Chester Bennington’s death was after his body was found at his home, with the reported cause of death being suicide.

Chester is survived by his wife, Talinda, and six children.

If any of these issues have affected you, please don’t suffer in silence. Call Samaritans on their free 24-hour hotline on 116 123.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella