Now in a new interview with SONiC, Keidis has spoken out about Cornell’s mental health struggles, and their long-term friendship.
“He is of our generation, so he’s someone I’ve been conscience of I guess since the mid 80’s,” said Keidis. “You never expect a contemporary who is alive and well and still playing to suddenly check out like that. I can’t say I took him for granted, but it was kind of shocking. We have a relationship with him and the rest of Soundgarden, because we went on tour with them in 1992 on Lollapalooza. They were just a bunch of sweethearts, and we got to see them constantly.”
He added: “It was nice to see them back together, and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could want to take his own life. And I don’t judge him for that, because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously it has to be overwhelming in order to want to leave. Bless his family, he left the world a better place.”
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