As someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest and has close ties to the whole Seattle grunge scene, I can tell you that the passing of Chris Cornell last week hit me a little harder than it may have others. No, I had never met him personally, but, from his time playing in bands like Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden and Audioslave, among others, many of my friends either played with or knew him extremely well. Needless to say, it was sad and shocking news to hear about his suicide.
Whatever Cornell was looking for, I hope he found the peace he needed. That said, no one really knows what was going on in his head or that struggles he had. But one person who was, presumably, the closest to him was his wife Vicky.
The couple—who had attended a special screening of the movie The Promise at the Vatican in Rome just a month before his death—had been married since 2004, so, it's safe to say, they knew everything about one another.
And, during this difficult time, where she just lost her best friend and soulmate, Vicky Cornell, wrote one of the most emotional, loving and supportive letter to her late husband—and it's guaranteed to bring out some tears.
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, Your Vicky
Chris Cornell may be gone, but he'll never be forgotten. His music and spirit will live on forever. RIP, my friend.