'He was the fabric of Seattle:' Hundreds gather to mourn loss of rock star Chris Cornell
SEATTLE – Hundreds gathered in Seattle on Thursday to mourn the sudden loss of rock star Chris Cornell.
“He was the fabric of Seattle,” said KEXP DJ John Richards. “His voice to me represents the Seattle sound more than any other voice that you’ve ever heard from Seattle.”
The local radio station held a memorial on Thursday where fans were able honor Cornell, who had one of the most distinct voices in rock music.
“Once you heard Chris’ voice, there was just no turning back man,” said fan, Pete Black.
The final song Cornell performed was a cover of a Led Zeppelin song titled, “In My Time of Dying.”
On Thursday, messages and flowers honoring Cornell were found throughout the city, including Volunteer Park and at the Museum of Pop Culture.
“He was really a fixture of the Seattle music scene,” said Jacob McMurray, senior curator at MoPop. “He was one of the first bands to become huge along with Alice in Chains and Nirvana.”
Cornell was born in Seattle in 1964 before becoming an architect of grunge rock in the early 80’s.
Throughout his career, he was the front man for rock bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dogs.
Cornell publicly battled depression and alcoholism amidst his career.
Soundgarden, which reunited in 2010, was set to perform Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Space Needle went dark from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday night in remembrance of Cornell.
The Cornell family issued a statement Thursday evening, saying they are still processing their loss, but thanked the community for their support. It read: "We are devastated about the sudden passing of our brother...son....father. As our family comes to terms with this loss, we request that we be left alone to grieve privately. We are grateful to all of our friends and his fans for your kindness and condolences and recognize that you are grieving with us."