Northwest Artists React on Social Media to Chris Cornell's Death

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Dusty Henry
Chris Cornell // Photo by Dave Lichterman

Since news came out this morning of Chris Cornell's death, the world has been reeling. As the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, Cornell's powerful voice and presence had a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the day, local artists have been sharing their condolences and memories. The responses are a testament to Cornell's enduring legacy, coming from his peers who came up Soundgarden in the '90s to newer artists he's influenced. We've collected some of these responses below and will continue to add more as they come in.

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Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)

Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie)

Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

Courtney Love (Hole)

Goodbye darling boy . Please say hi to all my loved ones . I cried for you today . Rip .

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Death Cab For Cutie

Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver)

Great Grandpa

Owen Ashworth (Advance Base, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone)




Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed)

Shelby Earl

Today's news makes me really sad and really afraid. Not only does it hurt to lose someone as beautiful and inspiring as Chris Cornell, but it makes me so worried for so many people in my life who teeter close to the edge. Some of whom are such seemingly buoyant, happy souls who present one face to the world and then live in the darkness the rest of the time. Many of whom are artists. And unfortunately, it seems that staying in touch with the dark is part of our job. As my college mentor used to say, artists have to lean out as far as possible over the freeway of life - to keep our noses right out there IN IT - while also somehow managing not to be swept away. It's no easy task. And I'm not entirely sure how to do it while also hanging on to hope and joy and levity. But I pray all my beloveds find a way to hold on to some hope. Because quite honestly, my people who struggle this way are also the most beautiful people I know. Go figure. Please hang in there and know you are loved. And please reach out if you need a chat or a hug or a cry. Artwork (in progress) by @tracyrocca. 💙 A post shared by Shelby Earl (@shelbyearlmusic) on

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