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9 October 2018, 11:35
The late Soundgarden hero has been honoured in his hometown.
A statue of Chris Cornell has been unveiled in Seattle as a permanent memorial to the late Soundgarden frontman, who took his own life last year.
Rolling Stone reports that his wife Vicky dedicated the memorial and was accompanied at the ceremony by their children Lily, Toni and Christopher.
She said of the statue: “It’s a reflection of his light, a light that shone through his music and touched millions.
“A light that he used to illuminate our lives, and a light that will continue to inspire those in the future.
“This statue represents that light — a beautiful, powerful, incomparable presence in a hometown worthy of someone as special as Chris.”
Also present at the ceremony were Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd.
Cornell, who was also frontman with the acclaimed Audioslave, was found dead in a hotel room following a Soungarden show in Detroit on 18 May 2017.
“We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything,” Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron told Rolling Stone. “We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.”