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Chris Cornell’s Wife, Manager, & Colleagues Speak Out On Unexpected Death

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The widow of late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, Vicky Cornell, has spoken out briefly on Twitter following her husband’s funeral last Friday (May 26th). Vicky first thanked fans for their “love and support” in the days following Chris’ May 18th death, then added in a second tweet that “contrary to media reports it is untrue that (Chris)’s last words to me were ‘I’m very tired.'”

In an account published online by TMZ, sources said that Chris’ last conversation with his wife by phone, shortly before he was found dead in a Detroit hotel room, ended with those words after becoming increasingly incoherent and slurred.

The 52-year-old singer was found dead in his room not long after Soundgarden finished a concert in the Motor City. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging, although there is speculation that drugs could have been involved.

Chris’ manager, Ron Laffitte, told CNN about his client’s death, “Nobody saw this coming, his bandmates didn’t see this coming.

It’s totally out of character for the Chris that I’ve known and worked with for the last 10 years. It’s incredibly bizarre. I have to think that something threw him off the tracks . . . he must have been out of his right mind.”

Laffitte told CNN that he last spoke to Cornell on the afternoon of his death when they discussed plans for Chris to perform at the 2017 Global Citizens Music Festival this September in New York. The manager recalled, “He was just really excited about this specific idea that we were going to do. He said, ‘We aren’t just going to make pop history with this one, brother. We are going to

make real history.’ I would say the last couple of months, he was as optimistic and happy as I can ever recall him.”
In a story published over the weekend at Rolling Stone, some of Cornell’s musical colleagues described their feelings about the loss and recalled their last interactions with him.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello last saw Cornell when that band reunited to play three songs at the Anti-Inaugural Ball in January. He recalled, “We hung out after the show . . . The last thing he said to me was, ‘I had such a great time. I would love to do this again. You just let me know.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s figure it out!’”

Although Audioslave ended on somewhat contentious terms in 2007, Morello told us a few years later that he still had great affection for Chris: “You know, Chris I consider a good friend and I love that guy, you know, and we went through a lot together, both musically and personally. And it was, you know, my belief that the band’s friendship and roots were deep.”

Morello added to Rolling Stone about Cornell’s passing, “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what the phases of mourning are, but I’m in the first one. I still expect this to be some kind of mistake.”

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian spent time with Cornell at Elton John’s 70th birthday party on March 25th, saying, “We had this long chat . . . He had plans, man.”

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who lost his own singer, Layne Staley, in 2002, said that Chris was “the last guy in the world I thought that would happen to,” adding, “That’s not the way that book was supposed to end. And it was not the way that book was going.”

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