A statue honouring the life of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in his hometown of Seattle has been vandalised.
Cornell is widely regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time and he truly had a distinctive tone. It helped Soundgarden gain a jutting prominence and alongside some rather wonderful songwriting, stood them out from their contemporaries. The band formed in 1984 but it wasn’t until the ’90s when they would breakthrough as part of the grunge movement and gain rich successes.
The enigmatic frontman, who struggled with depression for the majority of his life, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room in the early hours of May 18, 2017, after committing suicide.
Following his tragic passing, a bronze statue was erected outside of the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle in 2018. Now, however, the memorial has been vandalised overnight.
Reacting to the news, Cornell’s wife Vicky has taken to social media through the musician’s official Twitter account to offer her thoughts. “My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle,” she wrote.
“The statue is not only a work of 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,” the statement added.
“In the face of this hate and destruction, we are thankful once again to the fans who stood up to support him and showed such immense love. It lifted our hearts to hear that fans brought supplies and attempted to clean up the heartbreaking vandalism. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win,” it continued.
See the vandalised statue, below.