Seattle Icon Is ‘Happy’ Chris Cornell Is Free: ‘No One Knows What Was Going On’


Heart singer Ann Wilson discussed Chris Cornell’s death and covering “I Am The Highway” in a new YouTube video.

“No one knows what was going on inside of Chris at the time of his death, but he has beautiful family, and children, a mother, who will miss him a lot, like all of us. I’m happy that he is free, and he left us with such amazing music. We got to be around when he was firey and at his best, and really doing it.

We have done the song differently, this one is a lot more acoustic, lots of acoustic guitar strumming. Kind of more of a My Sweet Lord feeling to it. I just love doing the song, and singing a Chris Cornell song is a challenge, because he was no slouch. That’s a challenge for me as another singer to attempt one of his songs, I could never do what he did. So those of you who loved Chris Cornell, there’s a song by him coming your way on the Immortals album that I’m working on now.”

She said a few nights ago at a press conference, “There has kind of been an exodus lately, with Chris, Tom Petty, and Leonard Cohen, and who else? Just tons of people have decided at this moment to jump. Chris was my friend, and he was at the very heart of the Seattle music scene, and I miss him, but I realize he went as far as he could in this world with his soul. He couldn’t go any farther.”

  • Stone Gossardish

    At what point will Ann have said enough about this? We’re getting very close to that point.

    • HippieChic61

      I feel like she said it all at one interview and they are stretching it for articles.

      • Nicola

        True, but that is the modus operendi here lol usually every tidbit is transscribed frim other interviews or podcasts, then mixed and matched into several articles

  • Dan

    Chris Cornell’s death has been just so amazingly great for this website

    • Nicola

      BUT it pales in comparison to the bank VK has made off his death from increased music sales, donations to her “charity” (most of each donation has not gone to the actual cause according to documents online, but rather to the administrators including of course VK) and from her slapping CC signature on every damn piece of merch she can sell, everything from guitar straps to tacky xmas ornaments. Big payday.

      • Olga Stewart

        Don’t forger about appearing on talk shows.

      • Christina Hurst

        Wheres that insurance check at?

  • Cristiann

    She’s “happy” that Chris is “free”?? I’m sorry, Ann, but I don’t see what there is to be happy about here. I know she probably didn’t mean any harm by that comment but … honestly? It really bothers me when people say things like that (especially in regards to suicide related deaths).

    Like, sure, he’s obviously not in pain anymore, but if anything Chris’ death makes me sadder because he felt suicide was the only way to end the pain. There’s absolutely nothing comforting in knowing that. I truly believe Chris might still be here today if he had gotten the help that he desperately needed. Suicide is not the only option and we should be stressing that much more instead.

    • Danielle

      Totally agree with everything you said Christian. The other thing that makes this even more sadder is there will be no more new interviews or photos of Chris.

      • Olga Stewart

        Or perhaps music?

        • Danielle

          Yes and the music

  • Olga Stewart

    Do you notice who Ann didn’t mention in that particular comment from her video?

    And I dearly wish could found himself free from pain while he was here on this earth.

  • Christina Hurst

    I keep going back to imagining him doing it. Grey shirt in his underware..maybe blurry eyed and assembling the carabiner. Just saddens me. He knew what he wanted to do.

    • makingconnections

      …and suffering from a bloody migraine that day. He’d been hospitalized due to migraines in the past. How he performed and screamed like that, I’ll never know. He didn’t take the pain medication for no reason.