Brian 'Head' Welch later backtracks on his words...
Linkin Park

Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch wrote a statement across the weekend labelling Chester Bennington's suicide "cowardly".

The death of the Linkin Park frontman shocked the music world, sparking international tributes from across the music spectrum.

Korn previously toured with Linkin Park, but guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch reacted in a rather more negative way to the news.

Writing on Facebook the guitarist said he was "pissed that (Chester) did this" before adding he was "sick of this suicide shit".

The statement read: "Honestly, Chester's an old friend who we've hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I'm sick of this suicide shit! I've battled depression/mental illness, and I'm trying to be sempethetic, but it's hard when you're pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!"

The move immediately sparked huge anger from fans, with the guitarist coming under severe criticism.

Backtracking somewhat from his words, Brian 'Head' Welch posted a follow up statement: "I didn't mean to sound insensitive about Chester. Just dealing with a range of emotions today. Love you Chester. I'm pissed that you did this, but I know this could have been me back in the day after getting wasted one night."

Clash can't condemn Brian Welch's words enough - if you're feeling low or affected by this news, then please do reach out.

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