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Chris Cornell’s Wife Writes Letter to Late Singer: ‘I’m Broken, But I Will Stand Up for You’

Soundgarden frontman’s death on May 17 has been ruled a suicide by hanging

Vicky Cornell, the wife of late grunge star Chris Cornell, poured out her emotions in an open letter posted to Billboard on Wednesday.

In the message, she expressed her grief over her husband’s untimely death and her resolve to fight for his memory.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at age 52 in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, just hours after performing in the Motor City.

Having been married since 2004, Vicky Cornell opened her letter by saying, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through,” and concluded with, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

Cornell’s family had expressed doubts about the details of the singer’s death. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide by hanging, but his family has questioned whether or not his death was intentional or if “substances contributed to his demise.”

According to the Cornell family’s attorney, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris.” The family is still awaiting toxicology results.

You can read Vicky’s letter in its entirety here.