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Christopher John Boyle Cornell

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Christopher John Boyle Cornell

Place of birth: Seattle, Washington

Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a multi-Grammy award-winning musician and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist.

Chris was born Christopher John Boyle on July 20 1964 in Seattle, Washington. He was the second youngest of six children, and was the son of Karen Cornell, an accountant, and Edward Boyle, a pharmacist. He was of mostly Irish, English, Scottish, and Norwegian ancestry, with many of his mother’s ancestors coming from Canada. His parents divorced when Chris was in his early teens, and Chris and his siblings changed their surnames from Boyle to his mother’s maiden name. Chris said his mother saved his life when she bought him a snare drum. A week later he bought himself an entire drum kit and thus began his forage into rock n roll.

As a teenager, he honed his skills as a songwriter and musician by playing in several bands. He formed Soundgarden with Hiro Yamamoto, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron in the mid-eighties. Yamamoto left the band was replaced by Ben Shepherd. Soundgarden were the first of the Seattle grunge bands to get signed by a major label during the late 80s and would eventually go on to become on of the most successful bands of the 1990s. Soundgarden were a law to themselves, edgy, dark and deeply individual. Their savage soundscapes, coupled with Chris’ incisive lyrics and predatory roar, seduced audiences hungry for musical depth and complexity, while leading trends in street fashion and iconic design. Their sound continued to change and evolve over the course of five pioneering albums. Chris also enjoyed success with several side projects, among them Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave.

Chris subsequently redefined his sound and vision to encompass new music, new collaborations and new activities. Having contributed solo songs to movie soundtracks from “Great Expectations” to “Mission Impossible II”, he became the first American male singer to write the theme song for the James Bond franchise in its most successful film to date, “Casino Royale.”

He was a two-time Grammy winner, with a total of 14 nominations. Sold over 22.5 million records worldwide with his band Soundgarden; over 1 million copies of the album ‘Temple of the Dog’ in the United States; over 300,000 copies of his solo debut, Euphoria Morning, as well as earned a Grammy nomination. In 2002, his new band Audioslave sold 3 million copies of their self titled debut album in the U.S., and their three albums have sold a total of 8 million records worldwide. As of 2017, his entire catalog has sold over 30 million records worldwide.

His last album ‘Higher Truth’ displays Chris’ constant evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman telling human stories which transcend musical genres. Inspired by the stark arrangements of musicians like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles, Cornell creates a musical universe unlike anything he has done before. His Higher Truth Tour was successful, selling out many shows in minutes.

Chris suffered from depression for most of his life. He committed suicide on May 18, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. He was a beloved father, brother, son and friend.

He is loved and immensely missed.

Chris supported the National Suicide Prevention life line. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255. The lines are open 24/7.

Please also visit the memorial page for Chris at Forever Missed:

https://www.forevermissed.com/christopher-john-boyle-cornell/


*Photo Disclaimer: Photos posted here were screen shot by me from videos of Chris over the years. Therefore they are not copyrighted to anyone.

Funeral Notice Detail

Chris Cornell died on May 18, 2017 from suicide. He suffered from depression for many years. He is loved and missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Chris ashes were buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A plaque was put there. A monument is suppose to be placed at his resting place soon. , CA 90038

23 Responses

  • Morticia C. On

    Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.

  • Jenna Rose On

    Your light is missing in this world Chris.

  • Morticia C. On

    I miss you Chris.

  • Jenna Rose On

    I wish I could have left you a Happy Birthday message here on your birthday Chris but sadly someone decided to put a virus on your memorial page. I guess I should be counting my blessings seeing that the page is still up and not entirely gone. You know how it is and what your wife did to the first memorial. Anyway, Happy Birthday in heaven. Always thinking about you. Love you always.

  • Morticia C. On

    As always thinking of you Chris. Thinking how different things would be if you were around. Be in peace.

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