It's hard to believe it's been a year since we lost Chris Cornell.

 

Today is the first anniversary of Chris Cornell's death.  

His widow will hold a public memorial at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight.  She claims Detroit officials botched their investigation into his death by saying prescription drugs were partly to blame.  She says drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.  

She has set up organizations she hopes can help others.  The Addiction Resource Center for Chris provides a self-assessment tool about addiction, and provides a database of local treatment resources.  The Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven in Seattle helps children up to 5 years old overcome the effects of trauma from abuse, neglect, domestic violence, chemical dependency and more.  

Cornell's bandmates in Soundgarden have moved on in different ways. Drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Kim Thayil both appeared at Cornell's funeral, but bassist Ben Shepherd didn't attend and hasn't made any public comments since the band's final show on May 17th. Cameron has already been back on the road with his other band, Pearl Jam, and Thayill will return to the road this summer as part of MC50. Both musicians will play as part of MC50 at the Northside Festival in Denmark on June 8th.

Only one posthumous song has come out in the past year -- "You Never Knew My Mind" from the Johnny Cash: Forever Words tribute album. Tom Morello has said there's some unreleased Audioslave material in the vaults that he and Cornell talked about releasing after that band reunited for a set in January 2017. Surprisingly, there hasn't been any talk yet about posthumous Soundgarden or Cornell solo releases.

It's hard not to link Cornell's suicide with Chester Bennington's of Linkin Park because Bennington sang at Cornell's funeral, and then took his own life on Cornell's birthday two months later. But one thing that has happened is that many more rock musicians have opened up about their issues with depression and have encouraged fans to reach out to suicide prevention organizations.

 

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