Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell committed suicide in 2017. During in a recent interview with BBC 6 Music series “The First Time”, Cornell’s bandmate Tom Morello has shared the story about how he learned Cornell’s death.

He said:

“I was at home. It was, like, about one in the morning. My wife had the phone, and she had that look on her face — that awful look when you know that something really bad happened. And I just kept saying to her… I was, like, ‘Who? Who? Who?’

And then she finally said, ‘Chris Cornell.’ [And I said], ‘No! Come on. That can’t possibly be true.’ And yet it was. The last time I saw him, he was shining — he was shining.”

On how he met Chris, he said:

“I met Chris, I think, maybe backstage at Lollapalooza in ’92. And maybe at a barbecue at my house. And he was just a lovely dude.

Meeting him when our timeline began with Audioslave, my first impression was he was a very mysterious and shadowy person. He had a haunting thing that was absolutely real. You read those lyrics, and when it goes dark, all that’s real.

Chris was lovely. He did have that mysterious side, but he was a lovely person who cared a great deal about doing good in the world. And his effusive talent is unmatched, certainly during that era, and he’s one of the greatest rock singers of all time.”

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