Toni Cornell remembered her dad on her first Father’s Day without him.
The 12-year-old daughter of late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, wrote a moving open letter to him that was posted to his Facebook page on Monday.
She recalled their tender moments together and his devotion to his children.
"Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me," the note reads. "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.'"
Toni recounted the times when her father would come home from tour to spend time his kids and comfort them when they were sick.
"I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart," she wrote. "Every time you came home from tour you spent all your hours with us. No matter how tired you were, how many time zones you traveled, you were there for us."
“Whenever I was sick you would take care of me. You would cuddle with me, hug me, kiss me. You didn’t care about getting sick. I would open my eyes, see you, and feel better.”
She spoke about a time when the father-daughter duo watched Prince’s Purple Rain together.
"I always trusted your judgement," Toni said. "I put it on and immediately fell in love! We then got to your favorite song, 'The Beautiful Ones.'
‘“This song is so special it doesn’t even belong in a genre. When I was in my twenties, I saw this in the theatre and some guy started cracking up laughing at this scene and song. It got me really mad, ” you said.’
She closed the letter, writing, "I know you are still here, and the warmth I feel beneath the cold, is you. YOU ARE THE BEST FATHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. And I know, that if this wasn’t an accident, you’d still be cuddling with me watching Purple Rain. I love you and miss you so, Daddy. You deserve your own day to be celebrated because you are the best dad anyone could ever have. Happy Father’s Day!"
The singer died at the age 52 in May after a show in Detroit. His cause of death was ruled as suicide by hanging.
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