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Four large portraits of Cornell were on display on a dais where Morello, actor Josh Brolin and the rocker's Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron delivered eulogies under overcast skies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates hours before the start of a public memorial scheduled for 3 p.m. The ceremony ended and mourners headed to Cornell's final resting place in the Garden of Legends section of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
“He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world.”He added, “Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures.
We send our respects, as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time.
by the band Temple of the Dog, which Cornell was a member of, played during the procession.
"We clearly saw she was on this merry-go-round," Sonja said of her castmate's seven-month marriage to businessman Tom D’Agostino.
"Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe," said Tom Morello, Cornell's bandmate in the supergroup Audioslave, during his eulogy.
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen's for the crowd of mourners, including Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams, Christian Bale and numerous members of rock royalty, some of whom were driven to tears.
After forcing open the hotel room's door, the friend found Cornell on the bathroom floor.
Ahead of the show, Cornell had tweeted about his excitement at being back in Motor City. " he captioned a picture of the Fox Theatre's marquee featuring the band.
Among those who came to pay tribute were Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, singer-songwriter Joe Walsh and Bush's Gavin Rossdale.