Chris Cornell statue to be erected in Seattle

Chris Cornell statue to be erected in Seattle

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The late Soundgarden frontman will be honored in his hometown of Seattle.

Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, told The Seattle Times that she's hired artist Wayne Toth to erect a statue of her husband somewhere in the city.

"He has already given me a design and the children and I love it," she said, noting that the project will take about seven months to complete. According to the paper, Vicky's friend Mark Johnson, an attorney, is helping the family by working with the city to find the perfect place for Chris' statue.
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"He is Seattle's son," Vicky told her husband's fans via The Seattle Times, "and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support."

But Vicky's doing more than just creating a statue in Chris' honor. She has also donated $100,000 to the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to helping abused or neglected children.

"Chris was always interested in protecting traumatized children who had suffered physical or psychological abuse," Vicky said, adding, "He always felt music was a way to heal even neurological and emotional conditions."
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As Nicki Swift previously reported, Chris was found dead in his hotel room on May 17, 2017. It was later determined that the singer had committed suicide by hanging. He was 52 years old.

On Friday, Aug. 4, his 12-year-old daughter Toni honored her father and his friend Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on what would have been Chris' 53rd birthday, by performing "Hallelujah" on Good Morning America.
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