Chris Cornell’s daughter, Toni, is nothing if not brave. The 12-year-old lost her dad and her back up parent, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, in the traverse of two months.
In what must be an exceptionally troublesome time for the young girl, she chose to show up on ‘Good Morning America on ABC’ to perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with the band One Republic. The song has much importance to Toni, as it was the one that Bennington sang at her dad’s funeral, and now she is singing it to honor Bennington and her father. Amid the show, Toni said “It’s an honor to perform this for my father and Chester and to sing for them.”
Cornell and Bennington were close. Bennington even gave a eulogy at Cornell’s funeral. After Cornell’s passing, Bennington took to Twitter and shared this tribute:
“You have roused me from various perspectives you would never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was euphoria and agony, outrage and pardoning, love and grief all wrapped up into one. I assume that is the thing that we as a whole are. You helped me understand that. I just viewed a video of you singing ‘A day in the life’ by the Beatles and thought of my fantasy. I’d jump at the chance to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it.”
Bennington and Cornell performed on stage together on tour in 2008. Chester Bennington died of suicide by hanging, and was just 41 years of age. He ended his life on 20th July, what would’ve been Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.