Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky mourns late husband with open letter: “I know that was not you”

Tara Ziemba/Getty ImagesChris Cornell‘s widow Vicky Cornell has written an open letter to her late husband, who died last week at age 52.

Addressing the Soundgarden frontman as “my sweet Christopher,” she writes, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.”

“You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me,” the letter reads. “My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back.”

“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” Vicky continues. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.”

Chis and Vicky had two children together: daughter Toni and son Christopher Nicholas. He also had a daughter, Lillian Jean, from a previous marriage.

“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies,” Vicky writes. “I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you.”

She concludes, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

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Cornell’s death has been officially ruled a suicide, but Vicky has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death. A private funeral will be held this Friday in Los Angeles.

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