“I wept, and I wept, because I knew how that felt”: Dave Navarro opens up about Chris Cornell‘s death

Navarro and Tom Morello discuss the pain of losing a friend

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has spoken about his grief in the wake of Chris Cornell’s death last year.

The musician, who was interviewing Tom Morello, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist who was in Audioslave with Cornell, spoke of the “pain” of loss.

Navarro said: “I’ve been very close, I tell you man right when Chris died, I put on Soundgarden, and I sat there and I wept, and I wept, because I knew how that felt. I’m getting teary now.”

Morello added, “I still weep all the time, it’s still so horrible.”

Dave Navarro on stage with Jane’s Addiction

Elsewhere in the Dark Matter podcast [via Alternative Nation] Navarro said: “It hit me so hard to see someone so talented, so lovely, so incredible, and magical, and still mythical, and a loving human being who I worked with when we were on tour in 2003. He and I would bring kids from rehabs and hang out with them and say, ‘Hey guys, you can do this sober and stuff.'”

Navarro, who used to play guitar in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, added: “To still have that hole in yourself, and still feel that depression and loneliness and isolation, especially on tour, I identified so deeply with that, and I felt so much loss and pain about that. That’s the one that hit me the hardest.”

“The lesson is that there is help,” Morello said. “There are friends, there’s family, there’s loved ones, and professionals who can help. If the arm is broken, you go to the doctor. You can do the same thing, and get real help that will save your life, and change your life, and definitely make it better.”

Chris Cornell and Tom Morello perform together

Morello has raised awareness forSuicide Awareness Voices of Education in honour of Cornell.