Chris Cornell Statue to Be Erected in Seattle

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Late grunge pioneer Chris Cornell will be remembered in the city where he was born. Cornell’s wife announced on Friday (July 20) that a statue will be erected Aug. 29 at Seattle’s Museum Pop Culture. The announcement comes on what would have been Cornell’s 54th birthday.

Vicky Cornell commissioned sculptor Nick Marras to create a life-size bronze statue her late husband in his signature boots, dog tag and long locks. She says it is her family’s gift to “the tight-knit community that gave him his start.”

The Grammy-winning lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave was found dead in a Detroit hotel room hours after a Soundgarden concert May 18, 2017. A medical examiner determined the 52-year-old had killed himself.

Cornell was born and raised in Seattle.