“To my sweet Christopher”
Two days before her late husband’s funeral in Los Angeles, Vicky Cornell penned an open letter paying tribute to her husband, sharing her difficulties in coping, but also expressing her immense gratitude for the time the two had together.
Vicky’s late husband, Chris Cornell, was the singer in both Soundgarden and Audioslave. After sensing something was wrong after speaking to her husband while he was touring, Vicky called for someone to check on Chris. Shortly thereafter, he was found dead in his hotel room of an apparent suicide.
In a letter first posted on Billboard, Vicky shared her struggles and her gratitude.
To My Sweet Christopher,
You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy, and love always showed through.
You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living, and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.
I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.
Always and forever,
This is her second public message since her husband’s death. Her first statement conveyed both her grief and her concern that his medication may have played a role in the decision to take his own life.
In addition to his wife, Chris Cornell is survived by three children, aged 16, 12, and 11. Donations in Chris’s name can be made to The Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, which serves to assist vulnerable children using the couple’s experience with child protection services.