In recent months, two rock icons, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, have each committed suicide by hanging. The two carried out a friendship together and Good Morning America has dedicated this morning’s concert series to the connection the two musicians shared. Linkin Park was originally scheduled to perform this morning, so OneRepublic decided to fill in for the band and dedicate their performances to Bennington, along with Cornell.
After a few performances of their own music, OneRepublic decided to sing “Hallelujah”, which is what Bennington performed at Cornell’s funeral. The band was joined on stage by Cornell’s daughter Toni, who had a beautiful voice and said she was honored to perform the song for Bennington and her father.
As the song carried on, images of the two fallen stars were displayed on a large screen in the background. Audience members watched in tears at the moving performance.
Chris Cornell left behind three children – Toni, Lillian Jean, and Christopher. This past Father’s Day was just a month after Cornell’s death and his children still wrote him Father’s Day cards. According to People, daughter Toni wrote:
Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do. Whenever I cry or feel like there’s no way I can go on, I hear your voice, ‘Don’t sit worrying peanut. Worry is a waste of time, I’m ok.’ I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart.
As for Chester Bennington, his death occurred just a couple weeks ago, on July 20, 2017, and he leaves behind six children.