Hollywood celebrities Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Courtney Love attended the funeral and memorial service of Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell, who was laid down to rest today at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Hours after Cornell’s band played a concert in Detroit last week; 52 year old rocker was found dead in his hotel in the same city. According to the postmortem reports by the Detroit Medical Examiner’s Office, he had committed suicide by hanging himself.
Dozens of fans were also gathered outside the cemetery to pay homage to the grunge rocker.
Regina Padilla, 42, who took the day off of work and drove 40 miles (60 km) to attend the service said, “Honestly, it feels like I’ve had a death in my family.”
“I just feel like his life was cut short,” she added.
Cornell had spoken openly of his drug and alcohol addiction in the past, as well as periods of depression and agoraphobia. Speaking on the grief, his wife, Vicky said, she did not believe the singer intended to kill himself, suggesting that an anxiety drug he was taking may have played a role in impairing his judgment.
In an emotional open letter published by Billboard this week, she said,”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.”
“A lot of his lyrics could be sad, but his music was so beautiful,” said fan Chris Heathcoat, 46, who brought white roses to the cemetery.
“Chris was also like that second brother I never had that can sing my pain away or sing me to sleep or wake me up and give me the determination to move on,” he said.
Seattle-born Cornell was the latest member of the elite 1990s grunge rock movement to die from either a drug overdose or suicide.