Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell discussed his death in a new People Magazine article. Below is an excerpt.
Inside Vicky Cornell’s newly renovated Manhattan townhouse, a large rug sits rolled and wrapped in thick plastic on the floor by her kitchen island. Opening it is part of a to-do list that she just can’t bring herself to tackle. It was one of the last things her husband, Chris, touched. “The Wednesday before he left, he looked at it and said this was it, this was the one,” she says, going over the last days she spent with the rock star and their two kids, Toni, 12, and Chris, 11, selecting furnishings for their new home.
Sitting at her dining room table and looking around the all-white room, she grapples with how drastically life has changed. “He was so excited,” she recalls. “I’m getting messages like, ‘Your furniture is ready to be delivered.’ But now it’s like, for what?”
Grief is crushing, and grief can be mundane. Questions large and small bedevil a widow every day: How to look at the things left behind and not come undone. How to ease the brutality of loss for kids cut loose from an anchor. Why a loving husband of 13 years can’t simply walk back through the door and put things right.