Chris Cornell’s Seattle legacy will be cemented in the city thanks to a new statue honoring the iconic rocker.
The Soundgarden frontman, who took his own life in May, will be remembered with a statue of his likeness in Seattle later this year, his widow Vicky Cornell told The Seattle Times.
The creation will be designed by artist and sculptor Wayne Toth, who was the brains behind Johnny Ramone’s statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
“He [TOTH]has already given me a design and the children and I love it,” Vicky Cornell said to The Times.
It has yet to be determined where the statue will be placed, but it will certainly be in Seattle, where the rocker was born and became and influential part of the city’s grunge scene.
“He is Seattle’s son,” Vicky continued, “and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.”
Also in the singer’s honor, his wife has launched the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program as part of the Seattle non-profit Childhaven.
Vicky shared that Chris was always interested in helping and protecting children who had suffered physical or psychological abuse and this will serve as a way to continue that legacy.
“His promise was to help the most vulnerable children,” she said. “My vow now is to keep his promise, and what better way to honor Chris and his hometown than by creating a music program to help these babies heal.”
Cornell hanged himself in the bathroom of his Detroit hotel room on May 17.
Vicky was on the phone with him that night just before he died.
“Chris’ passing was so sudden,” Vicky Cornell wrote in an email to The Seattle Times. “It came with no warning except in that last call, which will stay with me forever