May 26th, 2017-It has been about a week since Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave had been pronounced dead after he has hung himself in his hotel room just hours after a performance in Detroit. After reports of Cornell’s death, fans and musicians from all over the world have expressed their condolences and honesty about the situation.
Many of them express that they had no idea what Chris was going through and that this was very unexpected. Some also tweeted that they had hoped to see him that weekend at the famous Rock on the Range music festival located in Columbus, Ohio.
As we mourn the loss of an amazing musician who many believe “Is one of the greatest grunge vocalist” I think we should address a common but taboo problem; mental illness. Last month we interviewed Johnny Crowder as he came forward to discuss his mental illness. It seems that many fans seem to forget that musicians have obstacles in their lives as well. What performance you see on stage is for us the fans. What happens before and after may be a completely different image. We have no idea what is going through someone head. The only thing we can do is continue to check up on one another. A simple “How are you” may be the difference to change someones life.
Video of Chris Cornell’s last performance can be found here.
National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386