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Chris Cornell’s wife shared a heartbreaking open letter about her husband days before laying him to rest Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Musician Chris Cornell arrives at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Neil Diamond at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Cornell

Vicky Cornell is speaking out.

The wife of Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has expressed her heartache in a new open letter via Billboard days before she lays him to rest.

Last week, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room after a Detroit concert. An initial autopsy completed by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded his death to be a suicide by hanging. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. He was 52 years old.

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In the emotional letter, Vicky Cornell addresses her “sweet Christopher.”

To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. 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. 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.

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.

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I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,
Your Vicky

A private funeral for the rocker will be held on May 26. Fans will be able to mourn Cornell at his grave site following the family’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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