The Reason Anthony Kiedis Doesn’t Judge Chris Cornell For Killing Himself
The music industry has always been a place of competition and feuds between musicians who all wanted to be more famous, popular, and richer than one another. Therefore, the record companies and managers kept oppressing the musicians to determine everything about their careers, images, and even lives. One of the reasons behind their constant pressures was to gain more money from the records and concerts of course.
Also, some journalists targeted these musicians, who were already under the pressure due to the deals that they signed, by following them everywhere and invading their private lives for the sake of drawing more readers and viewers. Along with them, their fans started to share their ideas and feelings about them more and more through social media accounts. Many artists have been suffering from depression and anxiety due to all of these reasons.
Chris Cornell’s Tragic Death
Chris Cornell started to consume alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs when he was only 13 years old. He went through challenging times as an addicted child who felt very lonely and lost back then. However, in time Cornell realized that he couldn’t continue to live like that and decided to get sober even though it was too hard to handle it. It seems that music became his safe haven while fighting addiction and mental health problems.
On the other hand, the Soundgarden frontman couldn’t get rid of his mental health problems due to constant pressure on him. Cornell had been struggling with depression before his death. Unfortunately, his bodyguard found him unconscious in the bathroom of his hotel room on May 18, 2017. The cause of death was declared as suicide by hanging. This unexpected death devastated his family, friends, and fans.
Anthony Kiedis Thought That He Can’t Judge Chris Cornell
All of his bandmates and other musicians that found a chance to collaborate with him in different projects said it was a shocking and devastating experience for all of them. As one of them, Red Hot Chili Peppers lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis unveiled that he had a chance to spend time with the late frontman when they were both the headliners during the Lollapalooza Festival in 1992 and defined him as a ‘sweetheart.’
In one of his previous appearances, Kiedis opened up about Cornell’s suicide saying that he will never know what kind of pain that he was feeling. Therefore, as a person who never struggled with it, Kiedis sid he cannot judge Chris Cornell for killing himself although he felt very sad about losing his friend. RHCP lead singer thinks that no one shouldn’t get angry with Cornell without actually knowing what he went through.
Here’s what Kiedis said about Cornell:
“It was nice to see them back together and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could want to take his own life. I don’t judge him for that, because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously, it has to be overwhelming in order to want to leave. Bless his family, he left the world a better place.”
You can check out the interview below.