Audioslave and Soundgarden‘s late frontman Chris Cornell‘s wife Vicky posted the before and after photos of the statue in Seattle dedicated to Chris and reacted against the vandalization of the artwork.

The iconic Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was found dead in a hotel room on May 18, 2017, following his performance at the Fox theatre. He had been suffering from depression for a while before his death at the age of 52. His death later revealed as suicide by hanging himself.

On October 7, 2018, the life-size statue of Chris Cornell holding a guitar displayed for the first time to the public. The statue, which situated outside of the Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, was actually gifted to the museum by Chris’ widow Vicky Cornell.

Recently on Instagram, Vicky Cornell posted the before and after photos of the statue which was brutally vandalized. On the caption of her post, Vicky mentioned how devastated they were as a family when they heard the news of vandalization. Apparently, a non-identified person painted Chris’ memorial statue white.

Furthermore, Vicky mentioned some of the fans of Chris Cornell went there as soon as they got the news and tried to clean it up in the middle of the night. She thanked all his fans who didn’t leave the Cornell family alone in their difficult times.

Here’s what Vicky Cornell stated on the caption of her post:

“My children and I were heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle but worldwide.

In the face of this hate and destruction ( and I want to be clear, this was not in the course of riots or protests. It was a threat that was carried out by a single disturbed individual at 6 am in an attempt to besmirch Chris’s legacy).

I’m so grateful to the fans who stood up to support and showed such immense love- after hearing about it, they made their way there in the middle of the night with supplies and tried to clean it up. When we were told about it today I cried, my kids cried-your gesture was a reminder of how much more good there is out there and how you the fans show up for our beloved Chris. No matter what, ‘you’re never far away… ‘ thank you.

The statue will be restored. Hate will not win. Chris is Seattle’s son forever
Thank you, Seattle and The Museum of Pop Culture #lovealwayswins #chriscornell Forever🖤

You can see the photos Vicky Cornell posted on her Instagram account below.

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My children and I were heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only art, but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide. In the face of this hate and destruction ( and I want to be clear, this was not in the course of riots or protests. It was a threat that was carried out by a single disturbed individual at 6am in an attempt to besmirch Chris’s legacy). Im so grateful to the fans who stood up to support and showed such immense love- after hearing about it, they made their way there in the middle of the night with supplies and tried to clean it up. When we were told about it today I cried, my kids cried-your gesture was a reminder of how much more good there is out there and how you the fans show up for our beloved Chris. No matter what, ‘you’re never far away… ‘ thank you. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win. CHRIS IS SEATTLE’S SON forever… Thank you Seattle and @mopopseattle #lovealwayswins #chriscornell Forever 🖤

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