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Entertainment Industry Putting Profits Over People:  A call for help ignored.

September was Suicide Prevention Month. In a normal year, as a Life & Health Insurance Agent, caring for the insurance needs of people at every stage of the Life Cycle: Birth, Life & Death, I likely would have had much to say on the subject.

2017 hasn’t been a normal year with the Legislative efforts to “Repeal & Replace Obamacare” I have been extremely busy trying to keep the living alive, rather than rendering an opinion on those that have chosen to take their own life.

Yesterday, I opened my Email to find a message from a Record Label for the start of "Rocktober" that is still trying to capitalize on the untimely death of the lead singer of one of their acts. Many times it is said that an entertainer is worth more dead than alive, like for example Elvis Presley.

The public rushes to reminisce & reflect on the works of their idols by opening their wallets: causing a spike in sales & increased profits for Entertainment Industry Executives.

The Email was from Warner Brother Records. The Band was Linkin Park.

The latest tragic & preventable death in the Entertainment Industry was announced on July 20th, a young man gone too soon by his own hand: death by suicide. Chester Bennington, the 41-year-old lead singer of hardcore alternative rock band Linkin Park was found hanging in his California home.

The immediate first impression I had of this tragic news was – “well, there goes another victim of the Entertainment Industry.”

How could his Record Label, his Producers, his Agents & those closest to him not notice that Chester Bennington was anINCREDIBLY SICK YOUNG MAN who needed a doctor, NOT A MICROPHONE?

“One Step Closer,” the band’s debut single was a cry for help from the very beginning. How did the Entertainment Industry answer that call?