Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic reacted to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s death on Facebook, which was ruled by police to be a suicide by hanging. Novoselic posted a link to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. Novoselic’s Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994. Nirvana also shared a tribute on Facebook. Below the two tribute screenshots is a beautiful story about Chris Cornell shopping for a Princess castle for his daughter that Perry Farrell released today.
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell told a touching story about Chris Cornell shopping for his children in a new Variety article.
“The funniest memory I have of Chris goes back to Christmas time, maybe seven years ago. I’m in Culver City, [Calif.], of all places. It’s almost Christmas Eve, and I’m walking through a Toys ‘R’ Us. Everything had been picked through. Nobody was really shopping because it was two hours before Christmas Eve and I see this guy — tall, super-handsome dude and he’s over picking through the girls’ section. I got my shopping cart and all my toys are for boys and there’s Chris, and his shopping cart has dolls and princess outfits. He’s looking at my shopping cart with baseball bats and footballs and he says to me, ‘I got the very last Sleeping Beauty Castle. Sold out.’ He was so proud, he was trying to brag to me he got the very last fairy princess castle.
It’s such a bummer. There weren’t — and there aren’t still — very many that could sing the way Chris can. Certainly very few rock performers, and even pop performers. People just don’t have it, that’s a God-given talent. In addition to that, he had this coolness about him, which made him even more compelling for women, but it was very natural.
I don’t know what did Chris in, but I hope he’s in a good place now. He was a super talent and the world should be happy they got to hear him. To anyone reading this: listen today to ‘Black Hole Sun,’ a song that reached a level that few groups achieve. That was a song that I always loved.”