Chris Cornell: The Loss of a Legend

 

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On May 17th, beloved rock and grunge legend; Chris Cornell, passed away just hours after playing a show in Detroit, Michigan. A beloved singer of the grunge scene, Cornell made his name known in the 90’s, after being in his band Soundgarden, which was influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. He also provided vocals for the band Audioslave, after Soundgarden’s split.

Fans were heartbroken to hear about his untimely death and the potential causes, and even made trips to his grave to lay flowers and pay respects after his ashes were buried next to Johnny Ramone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave’s Tom Morello eulogized Cornell in a poem, which can be read below.

“You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

Your vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

You’re a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade.”

Cornell’s wife; Vicky, opened up about the events. She does not think that Chris’s death; caused by suicide, was intentional. She confessed that he might have taken too much of his medication for anxiety, leading him to take his own life. She also mentions that Chris was slurring his words in the final phone call she had with him.

Though the family and friends of Cornell paid respects to the beloved singer along with his fans, It still remains unclear if the singer’s suicide was intentional or not, and it is possible that all we can do is assume due to his cremation the following Tuesday.

Famous faces were also spotted at Cornell’s funeral & burial services, including Brad Pitt, Dave Navarro, Pharrell Williams, Josh Brolin, and Courtney Love; previous wife of the late Kurt Cobain.

Without a doubt, Cornell will live on through music for years to come, thanks to the huge influence he had been able to pass on to today’s popular artists, along with aspiring artists to come.

 

Information from: ABC News, TMZ, HollywoodForever, Alternative Nation, PageSix, Rolling Stone, & TheSun Websites.

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