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Chris Cornell's funeral draws music's elite to honor Soundgarden frontman

Chris Cornell's funeral draws music's elite to honor Soundgarden frontman

Cornell died following a Detroit, Michigan, concert on May 17. "I needed some closure on this". In honor of the 52-year-old singer/guitarist's passing, Soundgarden songs were played outside Hollywood Forever's gates, while another Cornell-fronted hit - "Like a Stone" by Audioslave - would later play from speakers.

A public memorial was arranged directly after the private ceremony.

Four large portraits of Cornell were on display on a dais where Morello, actor Josh Brolin and the rocker's Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron delivered eulogies under overcast skies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It is the final resting place of such Tinseltown royalty as Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille.

Family, friends and fans shared memories of singer Chris Cornell on Friday at a service held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

He allegedly responded, "I was really angry and I just took 2 Ativan". According to TMZ, Cornell called his wife 30 minutes before killing himself in a Detroit hotel room.

Laffitte explained how he spoke to Chris every single day and that on the afternoon of his death, they were talking about upcoming plans for a performance at the 2017 Global Citizens Music Festival in NY in September.

Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron reads an address at his late bandmate Chris Cornell’s funeral
Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron reads an address at his late bandmate Chris Cornell’s funeral

His widow Vicky returned to the famous burial ground with the couple's two children on Friday (26May17), where they were joined by a host of Chris' famous friends and family members, who gathered to pay their last respects to the star. The singer's wife claimed that Chris took "an extra Ativan or two" before he was found dead in his room.

Actor Jeremy Renner attends the funeral and memorial service for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, May 26, 2017 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

The toxicology results have not yet been released.

His wife, Vicky, wrote a love letter to her late husband earlier this week for Billboard.com. "Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace", she wrote.

The American singer is best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for Seattle-based band Soundgarden, who achieved worldwide notoriety with their 1994 album Superunknown. With lyrics like, "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home", it's not hard to see why some would think that suicide was on Cornell's mind, but Laffitte said that is simply not the case.

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