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Chris Cornell News Round-Up: Funeral Service Update, Open Letter From Wife

There's been some major news regarding Chris Cornell during the last 24 hours, including...
* The singer was cremated on Tuesday (May 23) in Los Angeles prior to a private funeral service slated for Friday (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. His wife Vicky, brother Peter and a couple of friends were present for the cremation.

* Cornell's gravesite will be open to the public after 3 p.m. PST, according to his attorney Kirk Pasich. Public memorial plans have not been determined.

* Cornell's wife Vicky posted an open letter to her late husband online, which reads:
"To my sweet Christopher,

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. 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. 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.

I'm broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever, your Vicky."
* Soundgarden soundman Ted Keedick tells TMZ that he felt Cornell was "out of character from note one of the show" on May 27 in Detroit, after which the singer was found dead by what's been determined a suicide by hanging. Keedick says that, "I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show.

Keedick, who phoned backstage to ask if something was wrong with Cornell, noted that he seemed "high" and "f***ed up," but not depressed and was in a good mood during the pre-show soundcheck.

It's the first comments by anyone associated with the band about Soundgarden's final performance.

Cornell's wife and attorney have requested toxicology reports to determine what role drugs -- specifically the anti-depressant Ativan -- might have played in his death.
 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.