Chris Cornell was remembered by family and friends on Friday at a memorial service held at the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It is the final resting place of such Tinseltown royalty as Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille.
Vehicles carrying mourners passed through the cemetery’s gate to take them to the private service, where rows of white chairs and floral arrangements were set up.
Among those in attendance to pay their respects to the late Soundgarden frontman were Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, along with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and Cornell’s former Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello.
Also seen attending the star-studded private service were Brad Pitt and Pharrell Williams, with Billboard reporting that other attendees included Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Gavin Rossdale of Bush. Actors Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and James Franco were also spotted among the mourners paying their respects.
The service included eulogies by Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and Josh Brolin, while Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for mourners.
The private service, reports Billboard, will be followed by a public memorial and viewing of Cornell’s final resting place at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.
Cornell was found dead in his hotel room following Soundgarden’s May 17 show in Detroit. He was 52.
Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, wrote an open letter to her late husband, promising to take care of their children and keep fighting for him.
“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” she wrote. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.”
While the general public was not allowed into the private memorial, photos were taken from outside the cemetery gates:
Mourners at the ceremony can be seen in the photo below, with “The Avengers” star Jeremy Renner pictured at right.
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