The body of the late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, who died this week at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, will be flown back to California on Sunday and laid to rest at a funeral on Friday, according to his attorney.
Cornell, who was 52, will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. While Friday service is private, attorney Kirk Pasich said that “one or more public memorials will be considered.”
The Fox Theatre hosted Cornell’s final concert, a Soundgarden show, Wednesday night. His last tweet, sent Wednesday just after 8 p.m., paid respect to “Rock City,” and has been retweeted some 13,500 times since.
After the show ended, Cornell headed back to the MGM Grand hotel. It was there, police say, where he had his final conversation with his wife, Vicky, and reportedly told her, “I am just tired.” Not long after that, Vicky asked Soundgarden’s bodyguard to check on Cornell. That’s when he was found on the bathroom floor, dead, with a red exercise band around his neck, and blood running from his mouth, according to a police report obtained by The Detroit News.
While the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that Cornell died of “suicide by hanging,” his family, through Pasich disputed the finding that he purposely took his own life. “The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions,” Pasich said.
On Friday, Soundgarden was slated to play the Rock on the Range music festival in Columbus, Ohio. In their stead, other bands honored Cornell by playing Soundgarden’s best-known hits, the Associated Press reported.
“Bush sang ‘Black Hole Sun,’ Live performed ‘I Am the Highway,’ and Stone Sour did ‘Outshined,’” AP reported.
In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.