If you have never heard of Chris Cornell, then chances are you have heard one of his songs. An American singer, songwriter, and musician, Chris is best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. But for all his sheer brilliance, Chris struggled with depression all his life. Wanting it all to end, Chris committed suicide in his Detroit hotel room in the early hours of May 18, 2017. But while Chris is gone, he has left many who remember him. One of whom is his wife, Vicky Cornell. Having taken a backseat for most of her time with Chris, Vicky is best known for her marriage to Chris.
Vicky Cornell is the widow of Chris Cornell, the late singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. She is a publicist and a philanthropist who co-founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to help vulnerable children.
Vicky Karayiannis was born on the 13th of August, 1978, to Toni Karayiannis. Born in a greek household, Vicky upholds traditional greek values. Born in the US, Vicky spent most of her early life alongside her brother Nicholas Karayiannis. She graduated from high school in 1996 and started working as a publicist soon after.
Meeting Chris and Marriage:
Vicky and Chris met for the first time in January of 2003, at Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris. The pair were attending an Audioslave after-party and took an instant liking to each other. The pair met in London a few times and Vicky moved to LA with Chris. They tied the knot in 2004 and went on to have two lovely kids, a daughter, Toni, who was born in September 2004, and their son, Christopher Nicholas, who was born in December 2005.
Chris struggled with depression all his life and was found dead in his hotel room on May 18, 2017. The cause of death was reported as a suicide by hanging. Following the death of her husband, Vicky penned an emotional letter to Chris which read,
“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. 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. I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”
Following the death of her husband, Vicky has been mixed up in two legal cases. The first one was against Chris’s physician, who, according to Vicky, gave Chris countless prescription drugs without even examining him. Vicky claimed that Dr. Robert Koblin was negligent in prescribing Chris the anti-anxiety medication lorazepam, as well as other medications, from September 2015 until he died in 2017. While she sought unidentified claims, the final result is yet to be decided on.
Problems with Soundcloud:
In her most recent legal trouble, Vicky has sued the band Soundgarden for missing royalties. She filed a lawsuit against the remaining band members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd, and their manager, Rit Venerus, for “shamelessly conspiring to wrongfully withhold hundreds of thousands of dollars”.
After his tragic death in 2017, Soundgarden asked Vicky to use seven of his unreleased tracks to which Vicky initially agreed. However, the band refused to work with Vicky on a potential marketing strategy and the band was unwilling to commit to an approval process. The legal documents allege that Vicky was harassed by Soundgarden to let them use the tracks. Talking about the whole ordeal, Vicky revealed on a social media post;
“I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme.”
Social Media Presence:
She has an Instagram account with the username @vickycornell which has 99.4k followers and 216 posts. She also has a Twitter account (@vickycornell) with 40.4k followers and 617 posts. She posts mostly about her husband’s legacy, her children’s achievements, her advocacy work, and her personal memories. She is not dating anyone as far as the public knows.
A look back at the life of Chris Cornell and his legacy:
Chris Cornell was an American musician, singer, and songwriter who was best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was born on July 20, 1964, in Seattle, Washington.
Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. The band released their debut album, “Ultramega OK,” in 1988, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Their breakthrough album, “Badmotorfinger,” was released in 1991, and the single “Black Hole Sun” became a massive hit. Soundgarden continued to release successful albums throughout the 1990s, including “Superunknown” and “Down on the Upside.”
In 2001, Cornell joined forces with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk to form the supergroup Audioslave. The band released three successful albums before Cornell left in 2007 to pursue a solo career.
Cornell’s solo career began in 1999 with the release of his debut album, “Euphoria Morning.” He released several more solo albums throughout the 2000s and 2010s, including “Carry On,” “Scream,” and “Higher Truth.” He also contributed songs to several movie soundtracks, including “Casino Royale” and “The Avengers.”
Cornell struggled with drug addiction and depression throughout his life. He entered rehab in 2002 and became sober, but he relapsed in 2009. He committed suicide by hanging on May 18, 2017, in his hotel room in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 52. His death was widely mourned by fans and fellow musicians, and he is remembered as one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time.
Chris was married twice in his life. His first wife was Susan Silver, who managed both Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. The two were married from 1990 to 2004 and had a daughter together, Lillian Jean Cornell, born in June 2000. Cornell and Silver eventually divorced in 2004. His second wife was Vicky Karayiannis.