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Chris Cornell To Be Honored With Statue In Hometown Seattle



A statue honoring Chris Cornell will be erected in his hometown of Seattle. The life-sized statue will be housed at the Museum of Pop Culture.

The unveiling of Chris's statue will take place on Aug. 29, and it will also feature his boots, long locks, and dog tag. His wife, Vicky Cornell, made the announcement on her husband's 54th birthday.

Vicky said that the statue is her family's gift to the community where he started. Nick Marras, a sculptor, was tapped for the project.

"Even though Chris' music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle's unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband," Vicky said.

The widower also expressed her gratitude to all of the fans who have been showering her and her children with their love and support.

MoPOP's Artistic Director's Statement

Jasen Emmons, the artistic director of MoPOP, also released a statement regarding Chris's statue.

"MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music. MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest and Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide," said Emmons.

Chris Cornell's Death

Chris passed away on May 18, 2017, due to an apparent suicide. A month later, Vicky opened up about her husband's demise and she said that it was not the musician's intention to kill himself. Unfortunately, Chris was under the influence of drugs at the time of his demise.

Vicky also said that her husband was not depressed in the days leading up to his death. The mom of three also blamed the anti-anxiety medication Ativan for altering her husband's mood. One of the side effects of the drug is having suicidal thoughts.

She said that her husband remotely turned the lights in their Los Angeles home on and off using his phone's app. At the time, he was in his hotel room in Detroit. When she woke up and called him, she heard a frantic Chris ranting and panicking. She asked the musician what he took after she noticed he was being mean to her.

Medical examiners revealed that there were seven different drugs in Chris's system.

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