Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis On Why He Can’t Judge Chris Cornell For Committing Suicide

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis discussed Chris Cornell’s death in a new Sonic 102.9 interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“He is of our generation, so he’s someone I’ve been conscience of I guess since the mid 80’s. You never expect a contemporary who is alive and well and still playing to suddenly check out like that. I can’t say I took him for granted, but it was kind of shocking. We have a relationship with him and the rest of Soundgarden, because we went on tour with them in 1992 on Lollapalooza. They were just a bunch of sweethearts, and we got to see them constantly.

It was nice to see them back together, and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could want to take his own life. I don’t judge him for that, because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously it has to be overwhelming in order to want to leave. Bless his family, he left the world a better place.”