I was in two minds about posting this: Mainly because of Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd‘s Johnny Rotten‘s track record with not being a good bloke, and TMZ being, well TMZ, but the emotional heartstrings were well and truly pulled when their cameraman came across the British punk rocker and asked for his thoughts about the late Keith Flint of The Prodigy, who allegedly (and devastatingly) took his own life earlier this week.
Visibly shaken by the news, Rotten stammers saying:
“My heart is broken for him, he was a good friend of mine and don’t get it wrong. But nobody loved him and he was left alone and he got destroyed. Why? Why do so many people in this industry be left alone?”
He then added a message for those in similar situations to come to him for help and support. The cameraman then asked if he thinks drugs were involved in Keith’s death, to which Johnny replied with:
“Probably. But what you gotta understand is we’re not looking after each other anymore and we should…”
Unfortunately, Johnny was cut off by his associate before he could finish his sentence which mentioned something about the punk genre as a whole. Before the video ends, and this was the welling up moment, he leaves us with one final message of:
“Any other of you out there that need help, come talk to me. Come talk to me! We do not need to die!”
Regardless of the past, this message speaks volumes not just for those in the music industry, but in everyday life as well. Look out for those around you, close to you and those not close to you. Check in every now and then just to see how they’re going. You never know, that simple gesture could be the thing they need the most during their mental health struggles. I know personally it’s helped me in the past in a big way too.
The music scene is still in mourning this week and tributes have continued to fly in for Keith Flint, who was 49 years young at the time of his passing. We have to put an end to this, not just for our heroes, but for ourselves.
If you or anyone you know needs help with their own mental well-being call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or find your closest Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support Organisation on Google…