Chris Cornell’s final music video “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” has been deleted from YouTube. The video was released in September 2015 to coincide with the release of Higher Truth, and was directed by Jessie Hill. The video stars Cornell and Eric Roberts playing prisoners about to be hanged in an old western town. Cornell marches towards the noose and it is placed around his neck, as a young boy, played by Cornell’s son Christopher Cornell, watches.
An onlooker (Elena Satine) distracts the hangman, Cornell’s noose is sabotaged by the executioner’s assistant so he survives his hanging, and he is forced into marriage with the woman who sabotaged his hanging. The video ends with the other prisoner about to be hanged and the onlooker about to play her part again.
Cornell took a turn as a stuntman on the video, and he suffered severe burns on the set.
The big stunt was a liquid chemical singeing a noose tied around his neck in a mock hanging.
It didn’t go as planned and they were forced to do it several times, with the chemicals eventually rubbing off on his neck and leaving Cornell with 2nd degree burns.
The content of the video is obviously very sensitive now, as Cornell tragically died last month when he committed suicide by hanging.