Funeral for Chris Cornell to be held Friday

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As the news of Chris Cornell's suicide last Wednesday night spread throughout the music world, some of rock's biggest stars began processing the loss of the Soundgarden and Audioslave front man with a multitude of tributes over the weekend.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be laid to rest this Friday in a private ceremony at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

One concert reviewer for the Detroit Free Press, Ashley Zlatopolsky, wrote: "Even without the benefit of hindsight from the morning's bad news, it was clear that something wasn't right with the 52-year-old Cornell during the Fox performance".

Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details".

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

"The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know".

"When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do", she said, referring to the public holiday 10 days ahead. The Soundgarden vocalist's death sent shockwaves through the music industry and during the annual KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta radio festival in southern California, there was a collaborative salute to Cornell as Incubus welcomed Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz to the stage to pay homage to the singer. "Words can not express the loss that we feel". "Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent".

The information was confirmed by Cornell's attorney, Kirk Pasich. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him", she said in a statement after his death.

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