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Pakistani singer pays tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

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Pakistani singer Alamdar Khan pays tribute to Chester Bennington in his new video.

In his recently released video, he sang the cover of Linkin Park’s famous song ‘Crawling’. Chester Bennington committed suicide after suffering from prolonged depression in the summer of 2017.

The video is set with a black and white background and features some clips from Bennington’s last performance. Khan says, he derived much of musical inspiration from Linkin Park.

“My cousin and I were jamming to Linkin Park’s song after Bennington had passed away and we thought of recording it,” he recalled. “But he was flying back to the US soon so I got in touch with Sarmad Ghafoor, who recorded the song for us.”

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Khan feels he owes Bennington a tribute from this side of the world too. Hence he decided to take the responsibility himself.

“All of this happened in the span of a few days. No one from our side of the world had paid tribute to Bennington so I took it upon myself to honour him.”

Khan expressed his concern for the rising risk of mental illness among people in society. With his song, he aims to educate society on how to tackle their depression and mental illness.

“Mental illnesses are still considered taboo in Pakistan. If you go see a shrink, people start to think you are crazy. So we’re trying to raise awareness that it is okay to go see a psychiatrist and get help,” he explained.

“I went through depression when my mother passed away in 2014. It took me a year to get myself out of it, he said while sharing his experience.

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He further said that people suffering from depression must be encouraged to seek help.

“There are many ways for them to seek help. Exercising, yoga or meditation can prove to be beneficial. In some cases, a lifestyle change can also do wonders”. 

“More importantly, educating people on mental health disorders should be the primary concern so that such causalities could be avoided,” Khan added in his statement.