Stars including Brad Pitt attend Chris Cornell's funeral in Hollywood

"Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe", Tom Morello, Cornell's Audioslave bandmate, said during his eulogy, according to the Associated Press. Mourners gathered for the funeral on the cemetery's Fairbanks Lawn, where they were greeted with rows of white chairs and flower arrangements as Audioslave's "Like A Stone" played from the speakers.

Chris' widow Vicky Cornell was at the funeral with family and friends by her side. A slew of artist have paid tribute to the late Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog frontman including Metallica, Live, Ryan Adams, Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stoned Sour), Head and the Heart, U2, Incubus with Matt Shultz, Candlebox, Imagine Dragons, and Eric Church.

Laffitte said he spoke to Cornell on a daily basis and on the afternoon of his death, they were discussing plans for him to perform at the 2017 Global Citizens Music Festival this September in NY.

"A lot of his lyrics could be sad, but his music was so attractive", said fan Chris Heathcoat, 46, who brought white roses to the cemetery.

Cornell was a leading voice of the grunge movement in the 1990s.

Following the private ceremony, fans outside the cemetery were allowed to enter the area to say their last goodbye to their favourite artiste, who found dead after he committed suicide by hanging in his hotel's bathroom, an hour after wrapping up his concert in Detroit's Fox Theatre.

"Honestly, it feels like I've had a death in my family", said Regina Padilla, 42, who took the day off of work and drove 40 miles (60 km) to attend the service. Cornell was found in his hotel room in Detroit after a show on May 17th. Coroner's officials said the 52-year-old rocker hanged himself.

Mrs Cornell has previously indicated that the star might have taken a higher dose of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. Vicky penned her husband a heartbreaking letter, saying she was "sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night".

'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 handsome babies", she wrote. Cornell had had a drug problem in the past.and recent reports suggested he died with fresh track marks on his arms.

The 46-year-old from Colton applauded Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, for interring her husband's ashes at Hollywood Forever, which is easily accessible to fans.

  • Salvatore Jensen