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Chris Cornell statue unveiled by his children in Seattle

Chris Cornell statue © PA Images

A statue of late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has gone on permanent display in his native Seattle.

The singer’s three children - 18-year-old Lily, Toni, 14, and Christopher, 12 - pulled the curtain back to reveal the life-sized bronze sculpture at a ceremony at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture last night (7th October).

Commissioned by Chris’ wife Vicky, the six-foot statue was created by sculptor Nick Marra and depicts the singer throwing a ‘rock god pose’ while clutching a perfectly detailed Gibson guitar.

Chris Cornell statue © PA Images

Alongside Chris’ close family, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron also attended the unveiling ceremony.

You can watch the moment Chris’ statue was unveiled here:

Nodding towards Soundgarden’s 1990 EP ‘Loudest Love’, Vicky Cornell told the crowd: "I thank you for embracing and loving Chris so deeply. Thank you, Seattle, for the support and loudest love."

Paying tribute to her late husband, Vicky called him a "beautiful, powerful, incomparable" source of light, adding: “He was the voice of a generation, and an artist that continues to draw us closer together, forever."

Following the unveiling ceremony, there was a screening of a 2013 Soundgarden concert inside the Museum of Pop Culture’s Sky Church.

Chris Cornell died in May 2017. He was 52 years old. 

Chris Cornell statue © PA Images

You can see more rock icons depicted as statues including Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, Bon Scott, Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher and more by clicking this gallery link:

PHOTOS: Rock icons immortalised as statues

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