Toni Cornell, the 12-year-old daughter of musician Chris Cornell, and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder joined each other on stage at Good Morning America and performed a moving tribute to her father and Chester Bennington. They sang Leonard Cohen’s enduring and emotionally-arresting song, “Hallelujah.” Chester Bennington, the frontman of Linkin Park, had performed the same song the day Chris was laid to rest in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The two had been good friends, so it’s doubly sad that Chester passed away less than two months after the Soundgarden singer. They both died by suicide.
Watch Toni Cornell and Ryan Tedder’s touching performance.
We’re dabbing our teary eyes after that heart-wrenching song. The internet felt the depth of their pain and sorrow, too.
Shortly after Chris Cornell passed away, Chester posted this eloquent message on Twitter about his good friend:
Originally, Linkin Park was scheduled to perform on Good Morning America, but after Bennington’s death, One Republic performed in their stead. Ryan Tedder told GMA’s Lara Spencer that his band had been trailing Linkin Park on their entire tour, playing at the same venues only days after they had performed. Ryan had also personally collaborated with Chris Cornell. In doing so, he developed a close relationship with the vocalist and his family. So, it felt right that he and Toni Cornell would take the stage together.
In the wake of Chris’ death, Childhaven, a Seattle-based non-profit, established the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program. The organization seeks to help children and their families deal with and overcome the effects of trauma through various therapeutic methods — one of which is music therapy. According to Rolling Stone, Vicky Cornell, Chris’ widow, committed $100,000 to the non-profit.
We’re saddened by the loss of these two musical powerhouses. Our thoughts are with their family, friends and fans.