A never-before-released Chris Cornell cover is now available for fans to enjoy on what would have been his 56th birthday.
The musician's estate debuted his cover of the 1989 Guns N' Roses song "Patience," a rendition which sees the late star singing, "Shed a tear 'cause I'm missin' you / I'm still alright to smile / Girl, I think 'bout you every day now."
A message shared on Cornell's Facebook page said the release is meant to honor the artist, who died by suicide in May 2017.
"His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music, stories and art," read the post. "It is true a man is not dead while his name is still spoken … and, through his art, an artist's soul still burns just as bright as ever upon all those that look up to him and his memory. Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us — his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy."
On his official Instagram page, Cornell's widow Vicky penned a sweet birthday shout-out to her late husband. Cornell would have turned 56 on Monday.
"The memory of your smile still makes my heart, broken as it is, beat as fast as the first time we met. We love you, Chris, Happy Birthday 🤍 ," she wrote.
The siblings are also premiering a podcast next month which will discuss "how stigma is hampering efforts to combat addiction and what actionable steps can be taken" to address it.
"Losing our dad was like losing our universe. We miss him every day. With our father's memory, and his constant presence in our lives, we are so proud to be working on a project like this that can make a real difference. His music saved lives and his legacy will continue to do so," the two said in a statement. "No family should have to go through what we did. With this national campaign, we will be able to give people and kids what they need to better understand addiction, the stigma that surrounds it, and how we can work together to end it."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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