Chris Cornell

July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017

An enormous talent and an unmistakable voice, Chris Cornell not only soared from the early 1990’s grunge-rock movement, but helped define and shape it. Cornell’s first success was found with the Seattle-based grunge-pioneer band, Soundgarden, which he fronted from the mid-80s until the band dissolved in 1997. Soundgarden shot through the charts and their seminal 1994 release, Superunknown – the band’s 4th – remains one of the most successful and influential albums of that decade. Following Soundgarden, Cornell joined members of Rage Against the Machine to form the supergroup, Audioslave, which went on to release 3 albums and the gold-single “Like a Stone.” Earlier in his career, Cornell also formed and led the group, Temple of the Dog, with future members of Pearl Jam as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood. Throughout his extensive career, his voice could be heard everywhere from television soundtracks to James Bond movies.

After decades of rock stardom, depression and substance abuse, the demons caught up with Cornell in 2017. Following a show in Detroit with a re-formed, Soundgarden, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room by his bodyguard. Chris Cornell, arguably the voice of a generation, had committed suicide. He was 52.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – At the southern edge of the lake, across the road from the Cathedral Mausoleum, Chris is buried just north of the road right near a small section of curb and just a few yards from Johnny Ramone’s memorial.


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