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Chris Cornell
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 20, 1964
  • Place of birth:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: May 18, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States
No one sings like you anymore...

This memorial website was created by fans in loving memory of Chris Cornell. Chris Cornell was a rock icon. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a multi-Grammy award-winning musician and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist. 

Sadly, we lost Chris.   

Chris Cornell committed suicide on May 18, 2017.    

Beloved brother, son, father and friend, he leaves behind three beautiful children; Lily Jean, Toni and Christopher Jr. 

He will always be loved and never forgotten by family, friends and his fans around the world. 

This page was created with love by Chris Cornell fans around the world. Please feel free to share stories about Chris as well as audio, videos and photos. Thank you for visiting this memorial page and remembering Chris Cornell. We will remember and love him forever. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Erika B. on 10th August 2017

"I could be watching a movie or television show and the image of your face comes to my mind and I completely lose it. There are times I'm o.k. but times when it all comes back to me and I remember you are gone. I'm just a fan so I can't fathom what you're kids are going through. You seemed to have been a wonderful father. I just wanted to say I miss you so much. xo"

This tribute was added by Nikki Hess on 4th August 2017

"It's taken me months to be able to write something as a tribute for Chris, and I know that the words I'm typing here on the page are no match for the ones inside my head. It's been more than two months, and still none of this feels real.

There's a part of me that's still in denial that you're gone. There's a bigger part of me that implores myself to focus on your music--your soul-stirring songs and gorgeous lyrics. Your music will live on forever, and it's what I cling to now like some auditory security blanket. The world feels a little darker without you in it, but I'm determined to not let the darkness win.

You have given so much of yourself to your fans--people like me who have spent years loving your music and using it to help ourselves through tough times. To say that your music changed my life is a huge understatement. I am so grateful for the gifts you gave to the world; you touched so many people through your music, including me.

I can never fully repay you for how your music has helped me, but I'm going to try. I'm going to keep listening to your songs and remembering you for the intelligent, creative soul that you were. I'm going to appreciate every piece of yourself that you poured into those songs. I'm going to come back to your music in times of trouble because I know it's often the best medicine for me. I'm going to remember to be even more understanding and loving to everyone--you're a reminder that everyone's fighting a hard battle even if they don't always show it.

I will always be near tears when I'm driving in the dark, listening to "I Am the Highway." "Sunshower" will always make me swoon. Someday I'll be able to listen to "Euphoria Mourning"--my very favorite of all your albums--again...but not quite yet.

Thank you for all that you've given me through your songs. You have my eternal love, appreciation, and gratitude."

This tribute was added by Pauline D on 1st August 2017

"I still cannot believe you are gone, although I've stopped trawling though forums and social media on the ifs and whys of what happened, I think of you daily, and listen to you every chance I get. I shared your music wth my young son and he loves it. You're forever on my mind, and I hope you are resting in peace. I miss you"

This tribute was added by Java Lilla on 31st July 2017

"I miss you so much, I think of you every day having fantasies about meeting you and helping you go through this, giving you company and fun moments so you can be distracted from those dark thoughts...I'm so sorry you were so sad, I hope you can feel how much we all love you and miss you down here..."

This tribute was added by Casey-Blue Cherry on 26th July 2017

"I am so very sorry for your loss. Death is one of the hardest things that someone can go through. I'm sure that you are getting support from friends, family, and fans. The beautiful thing that we are all promised i the Bible is that we can see our lost loved ones again. The Bible promises us at John 5:28, 29 where it says "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life..." I hope that these words of comfort bring you the peace that you need in these hard times."

This tribute was added by donna star on 25th July 2017

"God breathed out and Chris was born; God breathed in and took Chris home.  I never met you and only found out about your music and beautiful voice after I visited your memorial as my family is here also.  I wish eternal blessings upon your loved ones as the greater the love, the greater the loss.  I wish you a belated birthday, but in heaven there is no early or late, there just is.  Rest in beautiful bliss with no more troubles for your weary soul.  donna Star"

This tribute was added by Elayne Morris on 21st July 2017

"The world was given a gift the day he was born. Chris Cornell made the world, and people's lives brighter and happier with the superior musical gifts he bestowed on all of us. I believe wholeheartedly he was loved so much (wether one new him personally, or not) was because of the way he made us feel when he spoke,  and especially when hearing, and watching him sing...he made us really feel, to the core of our hearts, and to the core of our being....he made us feel on so many levels. On bended knees, I am greatful for his influences, and the ongoing nostalgia he brings each and everytime I hear him sing. The world is much dimmer since his leaving this world, and heaven brighter and even more beautiful place... now filled with his beautiful spirit and and music"

This tribute was added by Ida Mondragon on 21st July 2017

"When I was a little girl life was not good. As I grew into a young lady I tried so desperately to stop feeling so damn sad. I had suffered abuse as a child that left me with depression and social anxiety disorder. I took psychotropic meds to no relief. This emotional disorder left me with a feeling that I was alone. In my early 20's I was turned on to Soundgarden. That voice, those words resonated with me. Sight unseen, I found my hero. I have always had an affinity with Chris Cornell. Meeting him in person was the ONLY thing on my bucket list. Back in the 90's I caught a SG show in Denver @ McNichols arena. One of the most memorable days of my life. SG had just finished their show and I was determined to meet my Godsend, my hero. I spotted Chris & Kim they both looked so tired & sweaty, my giddy obnoxious ass doin what I could short of flashing them to get their attention. It worked I got a nod , a smile and a wave. I was so cheesed. My bf didn't share my excitement but it didn't matter. My hero smiled and waved at me. I felt validated by that simple gesture. The man is a class act. Happiest of Birthdays to you Chris Cornell with a big fucking soul kiss my hero then and always. Miss you terribly. You meant so much more to me than I had ever realized. Sad sad sadness prevails...say hello to heaven my angel."

This tribute was added by Joanna Rose on 21st July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris! You were such a beautiful kind soul. I listen to you everyday in fact whoever is in my car listens to you as your music is all I have played since you left this plane. This morning my son Nathan asked me to repeat Rusty Cage 3 times in a row as I drove him to daycamp and again when I picked him up. You were one of the special ones.You shared your heart and soul with us through your music, you painted works of art and took us on magical rides with your emotionally honest lyrics and hauntingly beautiful vocals. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing your vulnerability and authenticity right from the start. In my eyes you will always be a shooting star among the rest and your brilliance will shine eternally.  All my love dear Chris❤️
Loud Love✌️
Please wrap your love around Chester."

This tribute was added by Jenna Rose on 21st July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris. I will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Teegan Rozdig on 21st July 2017

"Happy birthday Chris Cornell!!

To the family; Karen, Suzy, Katy, Peter, Patrick, Maggie... his kids, Lily, Toni and Chris Jr. Thank you for sharing Chris with us! He is and will always be loved."

This tribute was added by Nicole Finch on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday, Chris! My thoughts are with your children and family on this day of remembering you and the person you truly was.  Much love."

This tribute was added by Olga Stewart on 20th July 2017

"Happy birthday to you you beautiful, special, sweet, loving, kind, smart, talented, and unforgettable man and musician.

And you are deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Marian Nudo on 20th July 2017

"Tu voz me acompaña hace mas de 25 años y hace 2 meses que no pasa un día sin que te escuche.
Te vamos a extrañar siempre. Te vamos a recordar siempre.
Feliz Cumpleaños querido Cornell  :-*"

This tribute was added by Brenda Jazmin on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris. Today, I'm sure you're welcoming your friend Chester Bennington with open arms. It shouldn't be this way, you both should be here. I love you and I miss you."

This tribute was added by Roseann Cherasaro on 20th July 2017

"I'm still trying to find my broken heart but it's still miles and miles away"

This tribute was added by Lori McCollem on 20th July 2017

"Chris, our Moonflower, today is your 53rd birthday. It is a day not of mourning but of remembrance of your presence while here on Earth. The magnitude of your talent knew no boundaries. You made a difference in the lives of countless people. We all wish you were still here with us, most of us are still grappling to understand why you are not here with us. Let us appreciate the time we were granted with you and hope that you are in a place with no sadness and nothing but joy for you."

This tribute was added by Shadow of Superunknown on 20th July 2017

"Chris, I hope you were the first person Chester saw when he entered heaven."

This tribute was added by Wave Goodbye on 20th July 2017

"Oh Chris, please, what is going on? I know today is hard on so many...we feel your loss immensely and obviously this is such a heart wrenching experience for everyone close to you, especially today. You have one more friend to join that concert in heaven today. I can't believe this news. This is overwhelming! If it wasn't clear before, we need more advocating for mental health awareness and suicide!! Your 3 kids and his 6 are now without their dads...they need support (real support!) through all of this and to talk about the consequences of downplaying an illness such as depression. I hope these circumstances will push the conversation and lessen the stigma. We need something positive to come from these tragedies. I'm so saddened by all of this...on your birthday nonetheless. I wish you were still with us (both of you) but I'm relieved, Chris, you have been freed of your misery chain and everything you had to deal with. I hope both your souls are at ease surrounded by pure, genuine love."

This tribute was added by Laurie Metter on 20th July 2017

"You immediately became my favorite singer, at first listen. I could always count on you and your bands to get me through the toughest spots in life. I could smile, cry, laugh - your music made my emotions slide out so freely. I will never believe you gave up. you and i fought so many of the same demons, you were my warrior avatar. "if Chris can beat them, I can too." No one but the others here can understand how personal a loss this was; though I never knew you, yet i did.  i will never forgive your killers, and I will forever fight for your legacy.  You were pure love, and you will have no equal in this world."

This tribute was added by Debi Uhlian on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday beautiful soul. Your music has been a part of my life for many years. I just hope that you are at peace. You have beautiful children to carry on your legacy. I wanted to attend the Detroit show but did not purchase tickets in time. Who knew that would be your last performance here on earth. Make beautiful music with Kurt, Layne, Scott, and Andy. I hope that they were there to guide you to the other side."

This tribute was added by Shadow of Superunknown on 20th July 2017

"My dearest Chris. You would have been 53 years old today. Everyday is a hard day without you here but today is even harder. I love you and miss you so much. Happy Birthday in heaven."

This tribute was added by Renee McKay on 20th July 2017

"The world misses you!!  Your heart, voice, and smile will be remembered forever.  Today you would have been 53 but your life was cut short, so with that being said....Happy Birthday in heaven.  Much love forever!!!"

This tribute was added by sophie wilde on 20th July 2017

"20th July 2017 Happy 53rd Birthday Chris ,much love to you man and my own dad Ted  passed away too yesterday ,will you sing a song to my dad for me..Missed always ,thinking of your 3 children too today love Sophie xxxx"

This tribute was added by laura seligsohn on 20th July 2017

"Sending love and support to Chris' children, wife, and all his family.  I saw the article about the music therapy program in his honor for children. What a beautiful way to support mental health for these children through the healing power of music in his name, continuing his life work in this focused way. I promise to donate in his honor to this program.
With love, appreciation, and continuing sympathetic support- Laura"

This tribute was added by Jade Fish on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday sweet Chris. I know your sadness and burdens of this life are gone. We'd rather have you here. We are selfish. Sleep well and we will see you when we get there.

Jade Fish"

This tribute was added by Dawn Carroll on 20th July 2017

"I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
***I can hear you in the wind, singing choirs with the Angels***"

This tribute was added by Nubia Schlaikjer on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday, Chris! You will be missed and I hope that your soul has finally found peace. You shared so much of yourself with us and we will make sure that your legacy never dies."

This tribute was added by Antonella Aguirre on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris;( Dear beautiful soul, pensar que estarías cumpliendo 53 años. No sabes cuánto te extraño. Me siento muy apenada desde aquel 18 de mayo. Siempre  te  recuerdo. EL mundo es vacio sin ti, nos haces falta aqui, pero tenemos tu legado que será recordado por nosotros.
Sabes, te entiendo mucho, yo también paso por un mal momento y mi mente me traiciona, hay días que solo quiero morir y encontrarme contigo.
Miss You Spoonmen Much Love from Chile."

This tribute was added by Natalya EP on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris! I Miss You & I Love You Forever! Thanks for your songs! Say Hello 2 Heaven and play a concert today with Andy, Layne, Kurt, Scott..."

This tribute was added by Tracey Manfre on 20th July 2017

"Dearest Chris,

Today is your 53rd Birthday and we are all celebrating it in honor of you.  It still doesn't seem real that you are gone.  I lite a candle this morning for you and looked up and said out loud Happy Birthday Chris.  May you continue to sing and share you beautiful voice with the angels.  

We all miss you so much.  I bet you never knew you were so loved by so many...  if the power of love could bring you back to us you would be standing right here beside us all.❤️  

My thoughts and prayers are with your family , friends and fans today as we all try to get past your loss .  Today we celebrate the liGreat Chris Cornell on his birthday.  Happy Birthday to our sweet angel!  Taken from us way to soon.."

This tribute was added by Ingrid d bake on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris , gonne to soon, forever be missed.  I hope you give them a hell of a party where ever you may be.

"I had a dream the other night
You were in a bar in the corner on a chair
Wearing a long white leather coat
Purple glasses and glitter in your hair
And you said hey this is where I'm gonna sit
And buy you a drink someday"

My thoughts go to your Parents, siblings and your lovely children.
We will never forget you and your golden voice.

xx Ingrid"

This tribute was added by Manderley SBJ on 20th July 2017

"Thinking of you even more than usual today. You have been part of my musical life my whole adult life. With David Bowie you both were my go to music whenever I felt.... something. I was lucky enough to see you live several times, the first time being by chance in 1992 and the last time being just last year. I still can't believe you are gone and in such a tragic and sad way.

Repose en paix. Ta voix va continuer de m'accompagner. tous les jours comme elle l'a fait ces 25 dernières années ❤️."

This tribute was added by Pauline D on 20th July 2017

"Happy birthday Chris, you would have been 53. It makes me so sad we will never see you grow older , never see you as a silver fox, never see you age like a fine wine... but I feel better knowing you are resting in peace. Please be at peace. I miss you, I'm sorry for all the crap you had to endure, thinking of you everyday."

This tribute was added by Catherine Cameron de Martinez on 20th July 2017

"Your long wait on the shaded bank has ended and wherever you are out there, I hope you are finally at peace."

This tribute was added by Wave Goodbye on 20th July 2017

"Today you would have been 53. You should be here...eating cake and drinking your diet coke. No one expected you wouldn't be. This isn't where any of us thought we'd be sending you birthday wishes...on your memorial page! So surreal. Loud love to you, Chris, on such a bittersweet day."

This tribute was added by Lisa Birgitte Jensen on 20th July 2017

"Thinking so much about you on what could have been your 53rd birthday. You are in my heart.

I hope that you have found peace in heaven. You will be forever missed. I am so grateful for having been able to experience your unique talent. Your music and voice will never die.

My thoughts go to your family and lovely children.

Hope you are not alone anymore <3"

This tribute was added by Leanne MacAllister on 20th July 2017

"Blessings to you Chris on what would have been your 53rd birthday.  I hope you've found peace and happiness wherever you may be.  From the snippets of your life I was privy to though the media, you seemed like such a lovely man.  And those pipes!   So, so fortunate and happy to have witnessed your brilliance live over an 18 year span in Australia.  Thinking of your children, parents, siblings and friends on this saddest of days."

This tribute was added by Myliesha Sjorberg on 20th July 2017

"Happy birthday Sunshower xx"

This tribute was added by Linda Jackson on 20th July 2017

"Words cannot express how much I miss you. You gave so much of yourself to us and we loved you so much that we took it all. I hope you can forgive us.  Thank you for everything.  Today is a celebratiin of your life and how the world is a better place for having you in it. Fly high Chris and play it sweet in heaven.  Happy Birthday! All my love always

This tribute was added by J. vierzehn on 20th July 2017

"We love you. Each one of us has a song or a lyric that you wrote that's woven itself into our souls. You haven't died. We'll carry you forever. Thank you, Chris. Happy birthday."

This tribute was added by Kerrie Johnston on 20th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Chris Cornell."

This tribute was added by Nelly Kunkuti on 20th July 2017

"I know is not goodbye"

This tribute was added by Nelly Kunkuti on 20th July 2017

"Happy birthday dear Chris,we love you as much as we love Vicky and the kids,be safe,i know you can see everything"

This tribute was added by Matthew Chermside on 20th July 2017

"Sleep well our Dark Knight, you are truly forever missed. Happy Birthday"

This tribute was added by Pauline D on 18th July 2017

"I still cannot believe it's been two months. But even more so, I still cannot believe you are gone. I listen to you everyday, and I feel you are alive in your music. I hope you're at peace, and I miss you, I'm always thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Jenna Rose on 18th July 2017

"2 months to the day. The pain and sadness is still there. It has not gotten easier. We miss you Chris."

This tribute was added by Colin Reed on 17th July 2017

"We will miss you always heart, mind and soul. May your eternal slumber be filled with the echoes and sounds of music everlasting, equivalent to the gifts of song you left behind for us all. May you rest in peace and endure pain no longer my friend.
My father passed away just one day before you. I can only hope he and others like him who passed when you did were there to greet you with open arms and love.  We will remember and honor your memory, your music and your spirit for all time.  Be well and rest your soul. Your journey has only just begun."

This tribute was added by Michelle Layer on 17th July 2017

"Dear Chris Cornell,

I have been loving your music since around 1990. Listening to Soundgarden reminds me of going to Lallapalooza when I was a senior in high school. It was a turning point in my life, a time when I questioned the status quo & listened to Jello Biafra.Today, I am an elementary teacher & singer-songwriter/musician. Thank you for being a true inspiration to the person I am today.

I do not believe you committed suicide based on what I've read. Maybe I'm wrong. Your fans will continue to try to uncover the truth about what happened on the night of your death.  We love you & your music so much & we just need to know the truth. We need to know for sure that no one harmed you.

Your vocals, lyrics, & music live on...
"Well did you know the pen is stronger than the knife,
they can kill you once, but they can't kill you twice.
Did you know destruction of the flesh is not di ending to life.
Fear not of the anti-Christ..."
-Damian Marley, "It was Written""

This tribute was added by Brenda Gill on 16th July 2017

"No one had any idea your show in Detroit would be the last time we would hear your beautiful voice, see your angelic face and embrace your talent. You were loved and respected more than you will ever know, and will be missed every day. #NOMOREBULLSHIT
With Love Always!"

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