The death of grunge’s founding father, Chris Cornell created quite the hole in a number of hearts. Since his tragic passing due to suicide, thousands of love notes and memorials have been sent out by fans and those who knew him in the industry. His Audioslave bandmate, Tom Morello wrote a poem for his fallen friend, while other stars like Norah Jones and Metallica have paid tribute by dedicating their versions of some of his biggest hits.
But the saddest, most heartbreaking memorial comes from his wife and “soulmate”, Vicky Cornell. In an open letter issued through Billboard, the widow of the late grunge star has bled her heart out on paper, addressing her husband like only someone in deep mourning would. Here is the complete letter written by Vicky Cornell for Chris Cornell.
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,