Chris Cornell’s family remembered the late singer in a series of emotional Facebook posts in honor of Father’s Day.
His 12-year-old daughter Toni wrote, "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.”
She continued, "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."
Toni shared fond memories of how loving Chris was when she was sick, saying, "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."
The moving letter went on to say, "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.’"
Read Toni’s entire letter here.
Her sister Lily, 16, also shared a letter to their dad, writing, “A couple summers ago we were biking around Central Park and you told me that there aren’t many truly good people in the world, but that I was one of the few. You always had such firm confidence and pride in what I did, and your warmth and love inspired me to do my best. Now more than ever, I want to live my life to help others as you did. I want to continue to make you proud. Toni, C and I promise to survive, persevere and thrive, as we’ve always done. I’m so proud to be your baby, I love you more than words can say and I will miss you forever.”
Chris’ widow Vicky called him “the most amazing daddy,” writing, “To my sweet love, you are missed so very much. Perhaps if you had not been the most amazing daddy always giving all your attention and love it would not be so excruciatingly hard. You gave with all your heart and it makes the void so much more painful. We don't know how to be without you. I'm trying though for you and for our beautiful children. We love you most!”
Chris committed suicide May 18 in a Detroit hotel room following a Soundgarden concert. He was 52.