Private Funeral Service To Be Held For Chris Cornell
Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 – 10:59 AM
A private funeral service will be held in Hollywood Friday for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, but his fans will be permitted to visit the grunge-rock icon’s final resting place following the ceremony.
The singer’s attorney, Kirk Pasich, told City News Service the actual service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. will be private.
“The public is welcome to visit the gravesite after 3 p.m. on Friday, after the private service concludes,” Pasich said.
Cornell died May 18 in a Detroit hotel room. Coroner’s officials said the 52-year-old rocker hanged himself. His family has questioned the events leading up to his death, saying he may have ingested an overdose of anti- anxiety medication.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Vicky, and their two children — 12-year-old daughter Toni and 11-year-old son Christopher.
Pasich told “Entertainment Tonight” that Cornell was cremated in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Pasich said Cornell was a recovering addict and had a prescription for Ativan, but he may have taken too much of the medication. He said the family feels that if Cornell ingested too much Ativan, he likely didn’t realize what he was doing when he killed himself.
The death of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman sent shockwaves through the music industry and stunned his legions of fans.
His wife, Vicky, wrote a love letter to her late husband earlier this week for Billboard.com.
“You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me,” she wrote. “My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.
I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”