Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter, Toni, just commemorated her late father and his close friend Chester Bennington in the best way possible–and it’s going to make you weep. She honored him by singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” alongside OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on Good Morning America.
She told ABC News that it was “an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them.” Her father died by suicide on May 18 in his Detroit hotel at age 52, while 41-year-old Bennington was found dead in his California home, also by suicide. Toni and her 17-year-old sister, Lillian wrote letters to their late dad, saying:
“Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.
Whenever I cry or feel like there’s no way I can go on, I hear your voice, ‘Don’t sit worrying peanut. Worry is a waste of time, I’m ok.’ I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart.”
Watch the video here:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 4, 2017
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