Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, his children Lily, Toni and Christopher, plus his bandmates Matt Cameron, Tom Morello and Alain Johannes returned to his grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday for a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of Cornell’s death. Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda and Johnny Ramone’s widow Linda were also in attendance, along with other friends and a number of fans.
Vicky Cornell announced the vigil via social media last week, stating, “All of us who loved Chris know how special he was and how much he gave to all of us. Your love for him, your sympathy and support for us has carried us through these 12 months. We welcome all to join us in remembrance.” Fans who could not make it were encouraged to share their memories of the vocalist via posts and videos.
Meanwhile, Matt Cameron paid tribute to his fallen bandmate on Instagram, writing, “Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example — his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986.”
During their set at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range festival on Friday night, Alice In Chains paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing two Soundgarden songs, “Hunted Down” and “Boot Camp.”
Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th, 2017, shortly after completing a show with Soundgarden in the city. The cause of death was suicide by hanging. He was 52 years old.