A documentary based on Chris Cornell's life is in the works and it is being produced by his close friend Brad Pitt.
In 2017 we lost a lot of incredibly talented stars over mental health issues. Millions of hearts broke after hearing the news of Chris Cornell's death on 18 May 2017. The musician was the lead singer of the band 'Soundgarden'. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room.
The cause of his death was said to be suicide by hanging. The singer had faced a very tough time dealing with depression. Now, according to Variety, a documentary based on the singer's life is in the making and it is being produced by Brad Pitt and Vicky, who was Cornell's wife, with Berg's Film 45 production company.
The film is being directed by Peter Berg who has also worked on films like 'Lone Survivor' and 'Deepwater Horizon'. Not much has been revealed about the film but since it is a documentary, it will have a lot of unseen behind the scenes footage from Cornell's life.
This would not only be a tribute to the late singer but also a treat for his fans. The documentary would also serve the important purpose of spreading awareness about mental health problems.
Last month, a lot of stars performed to honor the late musician at the I Am The Highway tribute concert in Los Angeles. The performance line up included the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton and the surviving members of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.
Miley Cyrus's version of 'Say Hello 2 Heaven' became the highlight of the event, as reported by Rolling Stone.
52-year-old Chris had committed suicide hours after he performed with Soundgarden in a concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre on May 17, 2017. Even though the reports said that there were no drugs related to his death but his widow, Vicky blamed the prescribed painkillers and anti-anxiety medicines that were given to him by his physician.
Traces of the drugs were found in his bloodstream.
Vicky has also filed a lawsuit against the physician for “negligently and repeatedly” prescribing her husband “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances.” The news of his death had shocked not only his fans but a lot of other well-known artists in the Seattle rock community.
The musician Eddie Vedder spoke about his death weeks after the news broke out. “He wasn’t just a friend, he was someone I looked up to like my older brother. I will live with those memories in my heart and I will love him forever,” he said.
Talking about Chris, Vicky has said in her first interview after his death, with 'Good Morning America', "He loved his life. He would never have ever left this world,” Vicky Cornell told Robin Roberts.
“Our family was his everything. As soon as he got offstage, he was a dad, he was a regular dad.” She said the singer's behavior has changed after he was prescribed benzodiazepine, a powerful pain killer that was intended for his shoulder injury.
The singer had a history of addiction to substance and according to Vicky, the medication had triggered a relapse. “The brain of someone who has a substance use disorder is different from that of … someone who doesn’t. He relapsed,” she told Good Morning America.
She added that “he took 20-something pills…during one weeklong period and in a nine-day period, 33.” She revealed that he had reached out to his friend via email saying, "Would love to talk, had a relapse."
Vicky also spoke about how Chris suddenly had a forgetting problem and delayed speech. During his final show, he was off-pitch, forgot the words of the songs and also walked off stage.
In the emotional interview, Vicky opened up about how she felt when she had to tell her kids about the death of their father. She also talked about how addiction is not a choice and it needs to be talked about.
Earlier this year, the world was left in shock with the unexpected deaths of rock stars Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, whose deaths were ruled “hanging by suicide.” Cornell’s wife, Vicky, was very adamant that she didn’t believe her husband’s death was a suicide. pic.twitter.com/VVeidusMHF— Lonnie M. Przybysz (@Lonnie_Lala) January 5, 2018
“You think addiction is a choice, and it’s not. I think that if there was less stigma around it, more people would speak up,” Vicky told GMA. “My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn’t. He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soulmate and the love of my life.”
Chris's close friend Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the famous band 'Linkin Park' was very disturbed with his death. He committed suicide on the day of Chris's birthday on July 20, 2017, which was two months after he had died.
Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, 2007. pic.twitter.com/cyOvgT6FNI— Life in Moments (@historyinmoment) January 30, 2019
According to TMZ, Bennington had hung himself at a private home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. The singer had struggled with drug abuse and alcohol for years. He was reportedly abused as a child by an older male.
The singer had opened up about dealing with depression and Chris's death had affected the musician majorly.