Heart vocalist Ann Wilson paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell using a smoldering cover of the Soundgarden frontman’s signature track, 1994’s “Black Hole Sun,” during Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Backed by Kimmel’s house band, the Cletones, Ann Wilson utilized her signature rasp and heavy voice throughout, improvising breathtaking runs through the finished stretch. “No one sings like you anymore,” she sang to the iconic chorus, with the line taking on extra resonance in this setting.
Cornell died from suicide early Thursday morning.
“It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive,” Ann wrote. “He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.” Nancy added: “No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. 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 Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky Cornell, issued a statement remembering her husband and speculating that his suicide could have been caused by taking too much anxiety medicine.