Chris Cornell’s Brother Pens Emotional Letter About Suicide Awareness, Mentions Chester Bennington

A few months after the Soundgarden frontman’s death, Chris Cornell’s older brother, Peter, shared an emotional letter about suicide awareness on his Facebook account Monday.

Returning after a long hiatus on social media, Peter thanked those working to spread the message of suicide prevention, and also expressed his regret about not doing this in early May, before his brother hanged himself.

Cornell hanged himself May 18 in his room at MGM Grand Detroit. He was found dead by his bodyguard, who kicked in the door to the musician’s room at the hotel, and unsuccessfully tried to revive him. It is still unclear why Cornell killed himself.

My Friends:

Again you humble me with your kindness, empathy, love and support.

Although I pulled myself off Social Media, I’ve been able to glimpse bits and pieces of the selfless way so many people around the world continue to honor and pay tribute to my Brother.

I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop. What a devastating way to have my eyes opened to how many lives around me, and all of us, have been touched by such tragedy. Going forward I hope prevention is a conversation we can have more freely. Removing the stigma that discussing suicide is like speaking about a dirty little secret. If only … what I’d give to have had the tiniest shred of this awareness in early May.

I cannot deny the pain of this loss. In some ways I cling to it. Refusing to let go because I want to keep my little Brother close, even if all that’s left are memories. At least we are rich with memories. I replay them all to often, starting with our childhood and reliving the glory that was Seattle in the 90’s.

This process of grief has connected me to so many other grieving hearts and souls. As I said previously, my Brother belonged to the world and so many have been crushed by the weight of this passing. I revived this FB page to return the compassion you have shown to me from the very moments after this tragedy … THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN!!! If it’s possible for this path to walk a little softer, it’s only because I haven’t had to walk it alone.

Compassion is like a new word to me these days. This horror has connected me to family I have not known for many, many years. It’s a bittersweet connection that is equal parts reliving the devastation and lovingly tearing down the fences that have separated us for so very long. Compassion arms me…

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