On May 18, the music world woke up to the tragic news that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had passed away at the age of 52, just hours after performing at Detroit’s Fox Theater. It didn’t take long for his peers and collaborators to react on social media. From former bandmates to those who toured with Soundgarden to admirers across the musical spectrum, the tributes to Cornell were as plentiful as they were heartfelt. Check out some of the reactions from his many famous friends and admirers below.
In related news, producers of the hard rock festival Rock On The Range -- where Soundgarden was scheduled to perform on Friday night -- shared an Instagram post in which they said, “We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night. He was a true hero to music, the voice of a generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community. The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honor him all weekend long.” In a Facebook post, they also said that “additional details surrounding Rock on the Range performances will be shared when they become available.”
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.
Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/BlgxE6cJLH— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 18, 2017
Rest ...Peace pic.twitter.com/YcN7QECCo0— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz