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Chris Cornell's Homemade Christmas Video Talks About The Family's Holiday Traditions

by Diana Samson   Dec 26, 2017 01:26 AM EST

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Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell dies aged 52

For Christmas, fans of Soundgarden and Audioslave received a never before seen video of singer-songwriter, Chris Cornell.

On Twitter, his wife, Vicky, published a short video of the late music icon who talked about his family's holiday tradition. His only son, Christopher, also appeared.

"Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school," Vicky wrote. "While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love. Happy holidays & thank you all for your much needed love and support."

Cornell Family Tradition

In the three-minute video, Chris talks about their holiday tradition like traveling abroad with family and friends, putting up a Christmas tree, and participating in winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Christopher chimes in and says that he likes when his father takes him on a bicycle ride and surfing.

The video ends with a photo montage of Chris and his family.

Chris Cornell Found Dead

The award-winning singer and songwriter died by suicide on May 18th earlier this year. He was 52 years old.

A few months later, the Detroit police released the full account of the singer's death, detailing how his bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, attempted to resuscitate the music icon after finding him hanging at his hotel bathroom in Detroit. Chris and his band were in the city to perform at the Fox Theatre.

The autopsy report revealed that lorazepam (an anti-anxiety drug), decongestant pseudoephedrine, naloxone (Narcan), butalbital, and caffeine were found in his system. The Narcan, something that is used to reverse opioid overdoses, was administered by the EMT upon arriving at the scene.

His friend, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, had the same fate. The 41-year-old passed away on the day of what would have been Chris' 53rd birthday. 

Vicky, who phoned Kirsten on the night of Chris' death to check on her husband, told People Magazine earlier this year that she noticed that the musician was not himself during his final hours.

"After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind," she stated.

Fans continue to honor Chris and his influence on the music industry up to this day. Earlier this year, Vicky launched a tribute page on the singer's own website where fan letters will be published.

The family also announced their plans to build a memorial statue of the singer in his hometown in Seattle. Artist and sculptor Wayne Toth, who also created a statue of Johnny Ramone, was commissioned to sculpt the beloved vocalist of Soundgarden.

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