Chris Cornell wasn’t the only rock star to trend on social media immediately following the news of his passing on Thursday.
As soon as Twitter caught wind of the Grammy award winner’s death at 52 of a possible suicide, fellow rocker Eddie Vedder’s name began to surge on the social media platform, with fans declaring him to be the “last grunge singer alive.”
In all fairness, that isn’t true — as Dave Grohl and others can attest…
But one Vedder fan went so far as to crown him “the Betty White of grunge.”
Cornell was the frontman for rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He died in Detroit while on tour with Soundgarden, according to representative Brian Bumbery.
Both Vedder and Cornell were pioneers of the 1990s grunge rock era. Many others have died, including Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon, Stone Temple Pilots’ original singer Scott Weiland, and the earliest casualty, Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood.
Vedder and Cornell worked together in Temple of the Dog, a Seattle band formed in honor of Andrew Wood. They were reportedly close friends.
The Pearl Jam member has yet to release a statement on Cornell’s passing.
See some of the Vedder tweets below:
Eddie Vedder is now the last grunge singer alive. RIP Chris Cornell, today sounds like a Soundgarden day
— Matthew Carpenter (@americasginger) May 18, 2017
Eddie Vedder just became the Betty White of grunge.
— lisa urich (@LisauRN) May 18, 2017
Someone keep Eddie Vedder SAFE! For the love of God.
— Cris (@OJITOSVERDZ) May 18, 2017
— TJ LSU DAD (@tj_lsudad) May 18, 2017