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Chris Cornell’s family, bandmates and friends honor him on first anniversary of death

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Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, his children Lily, Toni and Christopher, plus his bandmates Matt Cameron, Tom Morello and Alain Johannes returned to his grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday (May 18th) for a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of Cornell’s death. Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda and Johnny Ramone’s widow Linda were also in attendance, along with other friends and a number of fans.

Vicky Cornell announced the vigil via social media last week, stating, “All of us who loved Chris know how special he was and how much he gave to all of us. Your love for him, your sympathy and support for us has carried us through these 12 months. We welcome all to join us in remembrance.” Fans who could not make it were encouraged to share their memories of the vocalist via posts and videos.

Meanwhile, Matt Cameron paid tribute to his fallen bandmate on Instagram, writing, “Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example — his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986.”

After describing his first audition for the band, which took place in Cornell’s living room, Cameron wrote, “I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.”

Read Matt Cameron’s tribute on Instagram:

Can't believe it's already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example-his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986. I auditioned for Soundgarden in Chris' living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in Ocean Fronts, my all time favorite SG tune. The tune had kind of a long intro, it sounded great and then all of a sudden Chris starts singing the verse. I was instantly blown away by the impact of his voice and I felt myself settling into the band on my first try. It was all because of that mind blowing voice. When the song was over Chris turned to me with a big smile on his face and said "you played it perfectly, we have a gig at the Central in one week, want to do it?" "Yes, I want to do it," I replied. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.

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During their set at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range festival on Friday night, Alice In Chains paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing two Soundgarden songs, “Hunted Down” and “Boot Camp.”

Watch Alice In Chains perform two Soundgarden songs:

Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th, 2017, shortly after completing a show with Soundgarden in the city. The cause of death was suicide by hanging. He was 52 years old.

Story source: Blabbermouth / Alternative Nation

WATCH: See footage of the vigil with Chris’ family in attendance: