Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky Cornell has shared a touching open letter to her late husband that was posted to Billboard earlier today. The Soundgarden frontman took his own life last week following a live performance in Detroit.
The music world is still coming to terms with the untimely passing of one the greatest frontmen of our generation. Over the course of an illustrious career, Cornell achieved huge success with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He also achieved critical acclaim with a string of sublime solo records.
In the days following Cornell’s death it was revealed that the singer had taken his own life, with many claiming that prescription drugs may have influenced his decision. Cornell’s wife Vicky has now shared a touching open letter in which she describes the singer as ‘the best father, husband and son-in-law’.
Here is the full letter:
To My Sweet Christopher,
You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.
You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. 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.
Always and forever,