Chris Cornell to be laid to rest in Los Angeles next week

UPDATE: TMZ reports the remains of Chris Cornell have been cremated ahead of his private funeral service. On May 23, a small group of family and friends, including his wife, Linda Ramone, and J.D. King, gathered for the service.

Following Cornell’s 3 PM private service on Friday, the public is free to visit his gravesite.

A week after his tragic death, Chris Cornell will be laid to rest next week. Details of his upcoming funeral have been reported by CNN, who say the service will take place May 26 in Los Angeles. According to a source close to the Cornell family, his body is being flown back to LA today (May 21) and he will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The source also told CNN “The family is thinking about a [public] memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Cornell died Thursday (May 18) shortly after a performance with Soundgarden in Detroit. His bandmate found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor with something around his neck. Hours after the story broke, it was revealed Cornell committed suicide by hanging. He was 52 years old.

After the Wayne County medical examiner revealed the cause of death, Cornell’s wife released a statement saying his suicide was not intentional. In her statement, she revealed she noticed Cornell slurring his speech and appeared to be “different” when she spoke with him after the show. He took an extra dose of Ativan, a prescription drug meant to help with his anxiety. She believes the medication clouded his judgement and caused him to take his life. The medication is known to have a side effect of suicidal thoughts. Read her statement here.

Plenty of fellow musicians have been making tribute to the late Cornell. At the annual KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta in Carson, CA Incubus and Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz performed “Black Hole Sun” in his honor. Check it out below.


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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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