Heart’s Ann Wilson paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a heartfelt performance of the Soundgarden’s 1994 hit, “Black Hole Sun,” Thursday night (May 18) on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Shortly after the news broke of Cornell’s death, both Ann and Nancy Wilson issued separate remembrances on Heart’s Facebook page.
Ann wrote, “It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.”
“No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family,” Nancy posted. “And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”
The fellow Seattle musicians were kindred spirits. In 2013, Cornell inducted Heart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cornell, 52, was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan. The death was ruled a suicide, but his family has issued a statement saying prescription drugs may have played a part in the tragedy.
In other news, a deluxe edition of the movie Singles-which features a solo Cornell song, “Seasons,” was released today (May 19).
Watch Wilson’s performance–backed by Kimmel’s band, Cleo and the Cletones–below: