Rock royalty and A-list stars like Brad Pitt gathered on Friday to remember Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who unexpectedly died earlier this month at the age of 52. The private funeral, which was held at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, was attended by the singer’s band mates and family as well as a host of famous faces. Chris was found dead in his hotel room on May 17 after performing a concert in Detroit. It was later announced that the singer, who suffered from alcohol addiction and depression, tragically took his own life.
Fans and celebrities pay their respects to Chris Cornell at his funeral in L.A. Photo: Getty Images
According to the LA Times Soundgarden music streamed out of a portable speaker near the cemetery’s gates as clumps of fans gathered. While they flocked outside to pay their respects, dozens of celebrities mourned Chris inside. Stars that said their goodbyes, included: Brad Pitt, James Franco, Pharrell Williams, Josh Brolin, Christian Bale, Courtney Love and Foo Fighter’s front man Dave Grohl. Dave Navarro and Metallica’s James Hetfield were notably some of the fellow rockers present to honor Chris. Reports reveal that the funeral program included a quote from Chris Cornell himself, reading: “We are neighbors in a modern world where proximity is relative and the threshold to our hearts moves outside time and space." The star’s wife, Vicky, and their three children were also present at the outdoor service.
Brad Pitt, James Franco and more stars gathered to pay their respects to Chris Cornell Photo: Getty Images
The stars have been publicly paying their respects to Chris since his death, sharing old photos and sweet sentiments on social media. Before the services, Courtney Love posted a photo of Chris to her Instagram, writing: “Goodbye darling boy. Please say hi to all my loved ones. I cried for you today. Rip.” Elton John tweeted a pic of the singer-songwriter, saying: “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.” Meanwhile, an insider previously told E! News that Brad Pitt is "devastated and in shock" over Chris’ death.
Since his passing, tributes have also been pouring in on Chris’ Instagram page. One fan wrote: “You will be missed Chris… grew up with Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam. Our hearts and our lives will never be the same without you guys. When one of you leaves you take a part of us with you. Thank you for all the memories you guys have made my childhood and adult years so much better. R.I.P you were a beautiful man.” Another follower said: “Rest in peace Chris, your talent won't be forgotten. You will be forever in the hearts of the ones who listened to your music, we will miss you a lot.” Chris was known for being the lead singer of groups Soundgarden and Audioslave and one of the first grunge singers in the nineties. He sold over 14 million albums during his successful career.