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Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard pays tribute to Chris Cornell on his 53rd birthday with heartfelt letter

on July 20, 2017, 4:35pm

Photo by Jeff Lipsky

Today would have been the late Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday if not for his tragic death by suicide in May. In tribute, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, who played with Cornell in Temple of the Dog, has penned a moving letter to his friend and bandmate.

In a post on Pearl Jam’s website, Gossard writes about how “fresh” Cornell’s death still feels and how he’s “selfishly sad” that they’ll never see each other or play together again. He adds, “It was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older.” He ended by saying, “All of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.”

Read the full letter below.

“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.

The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs…

I’m so selfishly sad that I’ll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.

Fuck…We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you.

You were too much…Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3…

And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness…all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.

We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.

We love you Chris,
Happy Birthday”

Incidentally, another one of Cornell’s close friends died earlier today. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found hanging inside his Los Angeles residence in what’s believed to also be death by suicide.

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