Chris Cornell’s Widow: ‘I Will Be Here Waiting’

2017-05-24

Story by Anne Erickson

The widow of Chris Cornell, Vicky, releases a touching open letter to Chris

Vicky Cornell, Chris Cornell’s widow, has penned an open letter to her late husband. Chris — who fronted Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog — passed away last week at age 52. The open letter, which appears appears on Billboard.com, sheds light on the couple’s enduring love for each other.

Vicky addresses the letter to “my sweet Christopher,” writing, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.”

“You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me,” Vicky’s letter continues. “My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back.”

“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” Vicky states. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.”

“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies,” Vicky adds. “I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you.” She adds that the two are soulmates and that, “It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.”

Chris and Vicky had children kids together: daughter Toni and son Christopher Nicholas. He also has a daughter, Lillian Jean, from his earlier marriage.

The letter concludes, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

Find the full letter on Billboard.com.

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