Chris Cornell's wife writes heartfelt tribute: 'I will fight for you'

Music's elite and Hollywood stars remembered Chris Cornell at a somber memorial service Friday that focused on the Soundgarden frontman's love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock's leading voices.

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52, and police said Thursday that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Although Chris Cornell's funeral service at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was a private event, fans waited outside the gates in preparation for a public viewing, which is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m.

The couple married in 2004 and share two children, Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11.

Guests also included fellow rockers Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, Lisa Marie Presley, and Billy Idol, and actors James Franco, Christian Bale, and Josh Brolin, who delivered one of many eulogies at the ceremony, reports TMZ.com.

Cornell was an integral and foundational member of the 1990s grunge scene that developed in Seattle and grew across the country. According to a coroner's initial autopsy results, the singer hanged himself. "You need to tell me now what you took".

Vicky asked her husband if he had taken more than his anti-anxiety medication because he didn't "sound right".

Fans attend the candlelight vigil to mourn the death of singer Chris Cornell at the Fox Theatre, the venue where Chris Cornell performed his final show, on May 19, 2017.

The small service comes five days after the rock star was tragically found dead in his hotel room in Detroit in the early hours of May 18.

Vicky also said that she was sorry Chris was alone. "Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace", she wrote.

Brad Pitt here with Sting and his great friend Chris Cornell in January of this year.

A wealth of stars, actors and musicians paid tribute to Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell at a private memorial service. Last week, the Daily Mail recalled how Pitt and Cornell had known each other well for decades, with Brad regularly showing up at Chris' concerts, and Chris oftentimes attending Brad's film premieres. Vicky sensed something was "seriously wrong" with Chris and she said, "I need to know what you took tonight".

  • Salvatore Jensen