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Chris Cornell passed away five years ago today (May 18), and this somber anniversary has led to various tributes to the late singer, most notably from his widow, Vicky, and Soundgarden.

Soundgarden kept their remarks brief via Instagram writing, “Five years we have missed you. You have love. You have peace. You have eternity. Love and peace for all of Soundgarden’s brothers and sisters.”

Vicky Cornell, meanwhile, penned a lengthy, emotional tribute to her late husband via her personal Instagram sharing, in part, “If you told me before he went on the stage that fateful night, the night would end this way-I would never have believed you. Nobody who knew Chris would. In our lifetime everything has a last time- but in the moment, you never know it will be the last time- till you are looking back. Chris lived in the moment and took nothing for granted. We forget how fragile life is, how fluid relationships are and how things can change in a minute. Never miss an opportunity to tell somebody you love them- Chris told us every single day.”

She added, “To all of his fans – please know he loved you as much as you love him. He was so grateful to be able to make music, perform all over the world, have his music & lyrics touch your heart & impact your lives. He loved receiving love from all of you. There are not enough words to express our gratitude & appreciation -Chris always said he had the best fans & these past 5 years it’s become more evident than ever. Thank you for loving him so much that through that love for Chris you have loved us too. You have helped us through the hardest of days & kept us going when we thought we couldn’t. We are grateful for each & every one of you- it is true when he said ‘it is the fans who make you who you are’ and you are the support system he built who have been such a huge part of our healing.”

 


Chris Cornell: 9 Times He Reminded Us He Could Sing Anything

  • 'Stay With Me Baby' – Soul standard originally sung by Lorraine Ellison

  • 'Redemption Song' – Reggae classic by Bob Marley

  • 'I Will Always Love You' – Originally performed by Dolly Parton, popularized by Whitney Houston

  • 'One' – A hybrid of U2/Metallica tracks

  • 'Nothing Compares 2 U' – Originally sung by Prince, popularized by Sinead O’Connor

  • 'Billie Jean' – Classic from Michael Jackson

  • 'A Day In The Life' – Classic from The Beatles

  • 'Long As I Can See The Light' – Classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • 'Ave Maria' – Standard often used in Catholic services

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.