Late grunge godfather, Chris Cornell was finally laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery over the weekend. His cremated remains were given a headstone near his friend, Johnny Ramone from The Ramones. His funeral was attended by the who’s who of the rock world, and not a single dry eye was left to be seen.
Those in attendance included Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, Hole’s Courtney Love, Nirvana’s Krist Novaselic, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Bush’s Gavin Rosedale, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Audioslave’s Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Perry Ferrell, Faith No More’s Mike Borden, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ammett, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, Billy Idol, Pharrell Williams, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, James Franco Jeremy Renner, Fred Armisen and James Brolin.
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed his rendition of Hallelujah at the ceremony. A number of artists dedicated Black Hole Sun by Cornell during their concerts over the past week. Axl Rose performed the hit during a Guns N’ Roses concert, as did Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder during a solo concert. Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell had released a public letter to her late husband, calling him her “soulmate”.
Chris Cornell was found unresponsive in his hotel room on May 18 shortly after a Soundgarden concert. The cause of death was cited as suicide, though his wife has claimed that he was under the influence of prescription pills that caused him to take the tragic step. She said that he had been slurring his words when he spoke to her, and she had been worried about his health. Cornell was responsible for making grunge mainstream, with his bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dogs. He had won awards for his musical contribution, including to the soundtrack to Casino Royale.