Peter Cornell posted a new video last night in New York where he discussed the last time he saw his brother Chris Cornell alive.
“I’m in New York, that’s the Holland Tunnel behind me, not the most amazing view in the city, but it’s the city. I lived here for a long time, so it feels like a hometown when I come here. My brother lived here for awhile, last time I saw him was here.
It was my birthday, we were backstage at Fallon, candles and the cake, and he sang happy birthday. I think I posted a picture of it awhile ago. But I’m missing him, I can’t be here and not feel him close, I love him. That’s it, I just wanted to share that with you.”
Peter also posted a photo of himself at the gym wearing a tribute shirt for his brother. He said, “2:22am EDT. I don’t sleep well away from my family. Especially in a hotel room alone. So me and my Brother went downstairs and got our lift on. #BeThe1”
If you are dealing with mental health issues, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or enter their live chat.
Chris Cornell’s brother Peter wrote in the Push-Ups For Peter Facebook group a week and a half ago, using the #FuckDepression hashtag that late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda has been using recently.
This is so overdue.
Although I shut down my social media in late June, I had the good fortune to be apprised of this page — “Push-Ups for Peter”. It was so unexpected. You humble me and honor my Brother with each and every push-up you have done and are doing.
I borrowed the “push-ups for suicide prevention” model from a challenge we did last year directed at suicide prevention amongst returning vets (the statistic behind the challenge was 22 Afghan/Iran war Vets per day take their own lives).
I can’t take credit for the idea then or now. My friend Jeff Newman challenged me originally and then I was reminded how effective it had been to start the conversation about suicide. We obviously hit the mark. Prior to my shutting down, the response and participation had gathered considerable momentum.
And THEN you all picked up the ball and continued the message. Suicide is not a dirty word. It is not a shameful burden for those of us who are left. We can talk about it. We can learn about it. We can maybe raise our awareness so we see something we might have missed otherwise. And just maybe we have the miraculous opportunity to be there at that exact right moment when someone we love needs our ears and our hearts. What I would give for that opportunity.
I thank you for your heart, integrity and your effort. Thank you for keeping my Brother’s spirit alive. Thank you for the love. #Fuckdepression