It's been a little over a week since we learned of the tragic passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. He was only 52 years old. Cornell was found in his hotel room in Detroit after a show on May 17th. The death was ruled by the local medical examiner as a suicide by hanging. Cornell's widow contested the ruling saying that he took too many prescription pills. Cornell took anti-anxiety medication Ativan whose side effects include "paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment."
Regardless of the details, the world lost an incredible voice and human being. Yesterday, Friday, May 26th, Cornell's closest friends and his family gathered for a memorial service at a private event on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Cornell was creamated this past Tuesday, May 23rd, and his final resting place, which is open to the public, is next to his friend Johnny Ramone. TMZ has a photo of the two memorial sites next to each other.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and guitarist Brad Delson performed an acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Eulogies were delivered by Tom Morello, Matt Cameron, Chester Bennington, Kim Thayil and Josh Brolin. Daily Mall had a recap of some of the words spoken:
'Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe,' Morello, Cornell's Audioslave bandmate, said during his eulogy.
'The demons he wrestled with were real, but he harnessed those demons and rode them like a mother-flipping chariot of lightning strapped with Marshall stacks to make some of the greatest rock 'n' roll of all time.'
They all spoke of the rocker's compassion and his delight in his three children. Cameron said he and Cornell had 'so many normal dad conversations' about the Cornell kids: Christopher, Toni and Lily.
'Losing my brother and artistic soulmate will always pale in comparison with you three kids losing your dad,' Cameron said. 'Let it be known that I am here for you and will forever be in your lives.'