Vicky Karayiannis Pens Letter to Late Husband, Chris Cornell

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Vicky Cornell (via her Twitter page)

The widow of Chris Cornell–the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman who took his own life on May 18 in his hotel room following a performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre–has written an emotional letter to her late husband. Vicky Karayiannis, who goes by Vicky Cornell on her Twitter account, wrote: “I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher.”

The 207-word letter appeared today (May 24) in Billboard. The couple were married in 2004, and had two children. She continued: “I will take care of our beautiful babies.”

Karayiannis wrote: “It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.” She closed the letter with: “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.” Its signed “Always and forever, Your Vicky.”

Cornell was considered one of the architects of the grunge movement. Soundgarden’s spring tour began April 28 and had dates booked through the end of May.

Related: Rock stars mourn Chris Cornell

On May 19, Karayiannis, disturbed at inferences that her husband knowingly and intentionally took his life, released a statement: “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second.

“I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

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