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Chris Cornell Remembered by Soundgarden, RATM, More on Twitter

Chris Cornell
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs on stage during the 2014 Lollapalooza Brazil at Autodromo de Interlagos on April 6, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell died on May 18th of last year, at the age of 52. He died by suicide in Detroit, hours after performing at the nearby Fox Theater. Earlier this week, Cornell’s wife Vicky Cornell announced a public vigil taking place tonight at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles. She wrote the following to Cornell’s fanbase: “Your love has created a close-knit community; more like a family; to grieve with, to provide support, and to help us heal. We could not have gotten through these last twelve months without you… we can feel your love no matter how far.”

Today, on the one year anniversary of his death, his former bandmates in Soundgarden paid tribute to their friend, as did members of RATM and Temple of the Dog.

As one of the faces of the grunge revolution, Cornell had a career-long kinship with Spin; he appeared on the cover more than once, was interviewed relatively frequently through two decades, and created music that helped define a generation of rock. Revisit Spin’s extensive coverage of Chris Cornell as a publication via our comprehensive tribute, “25 Years of Talking to Chris Cornell for Spin.” You can also listen to our guide of our favorite musical moments from the legend here.