Chris Cornell's wife Vicky has spoke out for the first time since the tragic loss of her husband last week.
The singer's widow shared a personal letter to her late husband with Billboard on Wednesday, where she acknowledged some hardships in his past, but said it wasn't the Chris she knew that night he committed suicide.
To My Sweet Christopher,
You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.
You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn't be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.
I'm broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.
The singer, best known for fronting rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel room after performing a sold-out show in Detroit last Wednesday night.
“His wife, Vicky, and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” Cornell's representative said in a statement at the time. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The front man was one of the crucial architects of the grunge movement when he formed his band Soundgarden in 1984 alongside lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner confirmed that the 52-year-old's cause of death was "suicide by hanging."