Chester Bennington passed away last month, and his death, which was ruled a suicide, has left friends and fans stunned. Bennington often had drug and alcohol issues, and in a new story via Rolling Stone, friends of the Linkin Park singer are remembering him. 

According to Ryan Shuck, who was a guitarist in Bennington’s band Dead by Sunrise, says that Bennington told him he was six months sober roughly a month before he passed away on July 20.

Shuck shared a battle with alcoholism with Bennington. He recalls Bennington texting him with details about his struggle.

“He was describing an hour-by-hour battle with addiction,” Shuck said. “When I look at it now, it’s horrifying. He was telling me, down to the detail, what he would do in the first hour he wanted to drink: ‘I basically just take it hour-by-hour every day.'”

Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda by Anne Erickson

Bennington’s band mate Robert DeLeo in Stone Temple Pilots calls Bennington “loving, positive, looking-forward-to-the-future, growing-old kinds of things.”

Bennington was friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died on May 18 of suicide. Bennington die on what would have marked Cornell’s 53rd birthday, but Shuck thinks that’s just a s coincidence.

“It could be a part of it, but it’s a small part of it,” Shuck said. “I think that it’s just another horrible event that gets put in your subconscious. It’s kindling, but the fire was already burning.”

Photo credit: Anne Erickson