Last week, Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell killed himself after a show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Cornell, 52, was found hanging in the hanging in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Hote.
Cornell, an icon of ’90s grunge, trailblazed a new era of rock music with hits like “Black Hole Sun” and “The Day I Tried To Live.”
At the time, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery told the Associated Press that the singer’s wife and family were shocked by his death, which he described as “sudden and unexpected.”
Now, with a week to process it, Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis, penned a heartbreaking letter to him, telling her late husband that she was sorry he felt alone.
To My Sweet Christopher,
You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.
You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and 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. 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 beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.
Always and forever,