Each new holiday you encounter after a loved one's death can be unbearably hard—and, sometimes, an opportunity to celebrate their life. In honor of Father's Day, Chris Cornell's 12-year-old daughter Toni—sister to his 11-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter—has shared a long Facebook tribute that shows a bit of both.
"I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart," she writes. "Every time you came home from tour you spent all your hours with us. No matter how tired you were, how many time zones you traveled, you were there for us."
The Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman, who committed suicide on May 18 at age 52 (his family was suspicious of the coroner's report), is painted as intensely devoted to his kids. "Every time you came home from tour you spent all your hours with us," his middle baby writes. "No matter how tired you were, how many time zones you traveled, you were there for us."
Toni says she and Chris' "special connection was always the arts" and remembers him introducing her to Prince's Purple Rain film and "The Beautiful Ones."
Read Toni Cornell's full remembrance of her dad on Facebook or below:
Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.
Whenever I cry or feel like there’s no way I can go on, I hear your voice, “Don’t sit worrying peanut. Worry is a waste of time, I’m ok.”
I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart.
Every time you came home from tour you spent all your hours with us. No matter how tired you were, how many time zones you traveled, you were there for us.
Whenever I was sick you would take care of me. You would cuddle with me, hug me, kiss me. You didn’t care about getting sick. You would stay up all night to make sure my fever went down. And if it didn’t, you would wake me up and give me my medicine. I would open my eyes, see you, and feel better.
I have so many memories with you but one of my favorite ones was earlier this year when I was jetlagged and we watched ‘Purple Rain ‘. We were staying at the BHH and you came into my room when I was trying to find a movie to watch.
“How about Purple Rain?” you said. I always trusted your judgement. I put it on and immediately fell in love! We then got to your favorite song, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.
“This song is so special it doesn’t even belong in a genre. When I was in my twenties, I saw this in the theatre and some guy started cracking up laughing at this scene and song. It got me really mad, ” you said.
I fell in love with the song too and listened to it on repeat.
Our . Poems, books, music, writing. We both have a unconditional love for it.
Who’s going to introduce me to movies like ‘Purple Rain’ and songs like ‘The Beautiful Ones’ now? I’m hoping I will find some because you trained me so well.
I know you are still here, and the warmth I feel beneath the cold, is you.
YOU ARE THE BEST FATHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. And I know, that if this wasn’t an accident, you’d still be cuddling with me watching ‘Purple Rain’.
I love you and miss you so, Daddy. You deserve your own day to be celebrated because you are the best dad anyone could ever have. Happy Father’s Day!
Next, remember Cornell in a classic Fuse interview about making the transition from a loud rock band work to subtler acoustic solo material: