Chris Cornell's Children Unveil Statue of the Late-Singer in Seattle

By Andrew Magnotta

October 8, 2018

A statue of late-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in his hometown of Seattle was unveiled over the weekend.

Cornell's three children, Lillian Jean, Toni and Christopher, did the honors at the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture, alongside Cornell's widow, Vicky, and his surviving Soundgarden bandmates

In her remarks at the unveiling Sunday night, Vicky recalled her husband's "beautiful, powerful, incomparable presence."

She added that artist Nick Marra's sculpture would be "a focal point to keep Chris' memory alive." 

"...[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; a light that will continue to inspire those in the future."  

The statue was commissioned and donated to the Seattle museum by Vicky Cornell. 

"As Seattle's son he paved the way for other artists and drew the eyes of the world to Seattle," Vicky said. "He was the voice of a generation and an artist that continued to draw us together forever. Along with his children, I am committed to continuing his legacy."

Among those legacy projects is an album of 11 previously unreleased Chris Cornell songs due out November 11. 

Earlier this year, on Father's Day, his daughter Toni released a duet of sorts with her father on Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U." 

"Daddy, I love you and miss you so much," Toni wrote in a statement released via Chris' official Twitter account at the time. "You were the best father anyone could ask for. Our relationship was so special, and you were always there for me. You gave me courage when I didn't have any. You believes in me when I didn't. I miss your love everyday."


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