Chris Cornell Death Raises Questions, Draws Comparisons To Kurt Cobain Mystery

Chris Cornell’s sudden death has shocked and saddened the masses. For those who had even a basic familiarity with his music, Cornell had a major impact on their lives. He had a larger than life voice that projected at the forefront of a generation.

His tragic death at the age of 52 has left fans (and family, according to a report from TMZ) with more questions than answers and has drawn an eerie comparison to the death of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who took his life in April of 1994.

Much like the death of Kurt Cobain, there is a lot of confusion surrounding Cornell’s death. Police don’t discuss specifics in these sort of instances, though they did confirm that his death has been officially ruled a suicide.

In the hours leading up to his death, Cornell was on stage and in great spirits. He even joked about how fans at Soundgarden’s next show would have a hard time topping the energy of the current crowd. Why would Cornell be talking about the next show if he was already intent on committing suicide?

More on that in this report from TMZ, who say that Cornell’s wife spoke to him during Soundcheck and he had no signs of being depressed or suicidal:

“Sources who spoke with Chris’ wife Thursday morning tell TMZ, Vicky Cornell spoke with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit and after Wednesday night’s show. According to our sources, Vicky says Chris was NOT in any way, shape or form in a suicidal state. She doubled down and said there were no signs he was at all depressed.”

Both Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell battled addiction, though the Soundgarden frontman was believed to be sober in recent years. A toxicology report will be completed in the coming weeks.

Kurt Cobain’s suicide stunned those close to him. To this day, there are theories surrounding Cobain’s death that are held by many, including the Chief of Police who oversaw the investigation who later publicly stated he would re-open the investigation if he could.

While there is no reason to believe that there was foul play involved in Cornell’s death, it is notable that he was in such great spirits just hours before he reportedly committed suicide.

On the other hand, the final song that Cornell performed before he died was a Led Zeppelin classic called “In My Time of Dying”. It includes the haunting lyrics:

In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home

That message is in contrast to a song recently released by Cornell, which would end up being his last. It offered a message of hope and survival.

The last song ever released by Cornell (which he had been promoting last month) ends with these words:

And one promise you made
One promise that always remains
No matter the price
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
And dare to rise once more
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
And fill the world with life
As we’ve always done

We will probably never know what Cornell was feeling at that moment, but it is my hope that he was aware of the profound impact that he had on all of us. That, through whatever he might been feeling, he brought such joy to those of us who knew him and his music.