Over Fifty Veteran Artists React to the Passing of Chris Cornell

by VVN Music

It has been a sad day in the rock world as fellow musicians have reacted to the sudden passing of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.

Cornell died on Wednesday night (May 17) from what the coroner has described as "suicide by hanging".

Tom Morello

I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family.

Jimmy Page

RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Talented
Incredibly Young
Incredibly Missed.

Elton John

Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man. My condolences to his wife and family, bandmates and friends.

Joe Perry

Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world. But more important, the loss to his friends and family. To a fellow rocker and friend, rest in peace.

Brian Wilson

I'm very sad to hear about Chris Cornell passing. Especially when one is so young and talented. Love & Mercy to Chris' family, friends and fans.


In a world drowning in the ugly noise and clamour of lies, Chris was a beautiful man, with a beautiful voice singing his truth. Black Hole Sun indeed.

Nile Rodgers

A mutual friend called me and tells me my bro passed away. #RIPChrisCornell Love to Vicki and fam Nile Rodgers

Steven Tyler


Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam

I'm shocked and saddened to hear that my friend Chris Cornell has passed away. His dynamic voice and heartfelt lyrics connected with a generation. A searcher of higher truth and enlightenment has, so suddenly, entered the eternal hereafter.

Prayers, love, and condolences to his family.

Glenn Hughes

Deeply saddened to hear the devastating news the brother #ChrisCornell has passed away A beautifully gifted young man.. prayers go out to Chris's family, friends and loved ones. πŸ™πŸŒΉRIP Chris C

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Chris Cornell gone at 52, what a waste. One of my favourite singers and a lovely person, we played many shows together and he’d always be cheerful and upbeat, this news came as a complete shock.

Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Wow...this one is shocking. Chris Cornell was one of the benchmark vocalists and songwriters of our generation...devastating loss. πŸ˜₯

Was up til 5am in shock...still don't believe it. I'm sure most of you are spinning Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog today, but do yourself a favor and give this one a spin...one of the ALL TIME GREATS and one of my all-time favs

Kid Rock

It’s a sad day in Detroit, and all over the world. Another great one gone WAY too soon. Rest in peace Chris. - Kid Rock

Alice Cooper

Chris Cornell: INCOMPARABLE Singer; Songwriter; Family Man. ONE OF THE GREATS.

Questlove (Roots)

AudiHole Son. Damn Chris. Rest In Power.

Carmine Appice

Rest In Peace Chris Cornell inspiration for my Guitar Zeus cds with Kelly Kelling and Tony Franklin. He was such a great soulful singer. They are saying suicide. How sad a talent like him committing suicide very sad RIP .

Julian Lennon

Incredibly saddened to hear another great artist has passed...

Chris Cornell, you were without question Unique & You will be missed...

Too young to die....

Love & Prayers to Family & Friends... πŸ™πŸ»❤️ #OnlyLove

Sean Lennon

Chris Cornell R.I.P. 1964-2017

Condolences to friends and family and fans. One of my favorite songwriters. One of my biggest influences actually. I'll be chasing Black Hole Sun forever. We met once at a jam session in Seattle. You were shockingly humble. Too much talent. Soundgarden absolutely needs to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Not that it mattered to Chris. He didn't care. But as he said, the fans do and that's why it matters. It's so sad. 52 is way way too young. @soundgarden

Nancy Wilson (Heart)

It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul. -Ann Wilson

No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating. -Nancy Wilson

#RIPChrisCornell ❤️πŸ’”

Paul Stanley (KISS)

STUNNED to hear the death of Chris Cornell. Music’s loss. Greater still, his family has lost a father&husband. RIP.

Dave Navarro

SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP

Courtney Love

Goodbye darling boy. Please say hi to all my loved ones. I cried for you today. RIP

Perry Ferrell

A shining voice in music has left us in the midnight. He was a complex and gentle soul #ChrisCornell has flown into the black hole sun.

Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney)

Those of us who grew up in&around Seattle are acutely aware that we've lost nearly an entire generation of local music heroes #chriscornell

Mike Patton (Faith No More)

Very sad news about Chris Cornell. Did a lot of roadwork with him and Soundgarden. He was a very nice guy. My sympathies to his family, the Soundgarden family and his friends. May he rest in peace.

Steve Lukather (Toto)

Man.. Chris Cornell.. what a talent. I didn't know him but I sure loved his music ! Too young... RIP

William Orbit

Chris Cornell RIP

I was very sad indeed to learn of Chris’s death today.

This is how special his voice was: listen where he takes it above the wall of guitar at 3:54 [reference to Soundgarden's Superunknown]

on one of my favourite tracks ever.

Best just hear it all with visuals off

Peter Frampton

With the greatest sadness my thoughts go out to Chris Cornell's wife and children today. I don't have the words to say more right now. RIP Chris Cornell

Brian May (Queen)

So sad to hear Chris Cornell passed on. Way way way too soon. Sincere condolences to his family.…

Richard Marx

Such a drag. I loved his voice. RIP #chriscornell

Richard Patrick (Filter)

OMG!! Chris!! No!! My heart goes out to you and your family!!! You were my sober buddy in rehab 14 years ago. You helped save my life. What happened? -RP

Burton Cummings (Guess Who)

Chris Cornell 1964-2017…only 52, way too young…
the recordings live forever...
Rest In Peace.

Billy Idol

Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing... great singer and artist... another blow…RIP

Zakk Wylde


Nikki Sixx

He was a solid guy.Always kind and personable to me.If we played a show somewhere he always made a point to come and say hello.I am just one of millions who has listened as loved his voice over in over in all his different projects.I know Chris was a family man and that's what's hurts the most right now.Here he is when we hung out on @sixxsenseradio RIP Chris.

Bob Mould

Thank you for the music. RIP Chris Cornell.


Shocked & saddened by the news of Chris Cornell's passing. RIP.

Warren Haynes

Damn! Another great loss-way too soon. Great singer, great songwriter, great front man. After not really connecting with most of the music that immediately preceded it I thought it was a breath of fresh air when the scene came along that was bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. This music was real-being created by people with something to say who were gonna say it regardless of what the current state of the music business and audiences thought. Just turns out that it was so strong that they changed everything by doing what felt natural without second guessing how it would be received and by giving a voice to a whole cross-section of people who were looking for theirs. That’s true art!

I didn’t really know Chris. We communicated via email at one point because he was on my short list of singers that I reached out to during the making of Shout! I was very excited that he was interested and that he was even thinking of writing lyrics for one of the songs to create a “real” alternate version which I was very excited about as I’ve always dug his lyrics. As happens so often in the music business, life prevails. He received some bad news involving a family tragedy and wasn’t able to do it and I will always wonder what it would have sounded like.

"Say Hello to Heaven”. Maybe not be the interpretation he intended, but fitting. -WH

Neal Schon (Santana, Journey)

My sincere condolences to Chris's family and friends. πŸ™πŸΎ this is devastating. RIP Chris Cornell your music will live on forever in our hearts 🌈

Gavin Rossdale (Bush)


Brian Wheat (Tesla)

A very sad day
Way too young
We all will miss you Chris Cornell!

Kip Winger

Sad news today. RIP Chris Cornell..

Vernon Reid

There. Are. No. Words.

Many of you who follow me know how much of a Soundgarden fan I am.

Fucking devastating is what this IS.

"I Woke The Same
As Any Other Day
A Voice Was In My Head..."
-The Day I Tried To Live-
-Chris Cornell-
Rest In Peace

Soundgarden transcended that fucking limiting label "Grunge". I hate this reductionism. It means you're not listening.

J.R. Richards (Dishwalla)

Incredibly saddened to hear of Chris Cornell's passing....my heart goes out to his family.

Dee Snider

Woke up to find out @chriscornell has died. :( He was one of the great vocalists & songwriters of our time. His voice will live forever. RIP

Mikael Γ…kerfeldt (Opeth)

First Allan Holdsworth and now Chris Cornell. Two outstanding talents with little relation musically. We just came home off a USA tour where we actually played with Soundgarden. We’re on the same festival as them just a few days ago. I was never the biggest Soundgarden fan even if I really liked a few songs. However ”Euphoria morning” is a disc I practically wore out. Lovely album and highly influential. I went to the show for the tour which he cancelled last minute. I also liked Audioslave a lot. He will be sorely missed. I remember I went to see him play on the ”Carry on” tour. He was spot on. I loved the James Bond song he did but unfortunately he didn’t play a single song off ”Euphoria morning”. Now we’ll never hear him perform again. I guess I’m in shock. And many of with me I suppose. Chris Cornell R.I.P.


This is shocking and terribly sad news....Chris Cornell was not only an amazing musician but also a generous spirit that will be sorely missed. Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, solo. What a voice. What a body of work. Our thoughts are with his family, bandmates, friends and fans....Truly heartbreaking.

RIP Chris

Duran Duran

RIP Chris Cornell, fellow of the BOND and co-author of the great grunge epic, Superunknown

Vertical Horizon

I don't think there has ever been a greater rock singer than Chris Cornell. What a loss. Rest in peace, Chris.

Blind Melon

Chris and the rest of the band were good to us--our first tour and we knew nothing and had even less to show for it. Chris was a stunning talent and a thoroughly decent, first-rate human being. We're sending positive vibes through the ether to Chris 's family and friends, and particularly to Matt, Kim, and Ben. Godspeed, Chris...



Very sad to hear of the passing of the great voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave.

The Cult

Heartbreaking news today our hearts are with Chris's family Kim, Matt & Ben rest in paradise brother godspeed deepest tears + Cult family 🌹


WTF?????? CHRIS CORNELL?????!!!!! He was my favorite guy singer in the world. I can't pretend to know what he was going through, but..why would he take his own life? You can't get more talent or better looks..was he depressed? Prince, Michael Jackson, Scott Weiland, George Michael, now Cornell all dying in their 50s. WHAT'S GOING ON WORLD???? I don't even know how to handle this.


One of the best singers every to sing out. #chriscornell #soundgarden - So sad and tragic. RIP ChrisπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Luscious Jackson

Soundgarden...major band. Chris Cornell RIP. This is so sad. What the ???

Neil Portnow (The Recording Academy)

Chris Cornell was one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chris’ dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon. From the international success he achieved as the founder and lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to fronting the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Audioslave, Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris’ family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.

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