Who Are Chris Cornell's Kids?

Nearly five years later, the tragedy of Chris Cornell's devastating death still sends ripples of pain through the hearts of fans, admirers, and those who were close to him. The legendary grunge singer — who famously fronted groups like Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog — was found dead in his hotel room after a live performance in Detroit on May 18, 2017. The cause of death was ruled a suicide (via Billboard).

"I still haven't quite dealt with it," shared friend and Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder. "I'll get stronger as time goes" (per People).

As one of the founding members of the grunge genre that was forged in Seattle throughout the early '90s, the three-time Grammy winner was renowned for his larger than life vocal style that exhibited a sort of roaring majesty in its delivery. During his life, he had three children — Lillian, Toni, and Christopher.

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Chris Cornell's children

Lillian Cornell Silver (Lily), the eldest daughter of the late rockstar and his first wife, Susan Silver, is 21 years old and actively performs music herself. In December 2020, she made her debut performance at the MoPOP Founders Award ceremony with a rendition of Alice In Chains' "Black Gives Way to Blue" in homage to the group (via Variety).

His second daughter, Toni Cornell, is the first child he had with Vicky Karayiannis (to whom he was married at the time of his passing). She is 17 years old and, like her father and sister, is also a musician. In December 2021, she performed a version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." The song, originally written and recorded by Prince, was nominated for a Grammy after Chris Cornell covered it (per Blabbermouth).

Christopher Nicholas Cornell, Karayiannis and Cornell's youngest child and only son, is 16 years old. In 2018, he portrayed a young version of his father in the music video for "When Bad Does Good," which appeared on Chris' final studio album. "For me, this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now, not just to me and my family, but the city of Seattle and all of his fans," his son shared after the video's initial release (via NME).