Yesterday (20), would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday and, tragically on the same day, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington committed suicide. The music world faced a huge loss and different emotions continue to surface. Earlier yesterday, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard wrote a heartfelt message wishing Cornell a happy birthday and shared it on the band’s Facebook:

“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.

The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs..

I’m so selfishly sad that I’ll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.


We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you.

You were too much…

Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3…

And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness…

all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.

We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.

We love you Chris,

Happy Birthday”

Words by: Stone

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky”

Cornell and Bennington were close friends and his death hit him hard. In a recent interview by, Mike Shinoda described Bennington’s reaction to the late Soundgarden frontman. Linkin Park performed “One More Light” as a tribute to Cornell which was written about the loss of a friend. Bennington continued to get choked up during the song, making it difficult to finish.