TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Musician/actor Chris Cornell arrives at the premiere of "Machine Gun Preacher" at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Chris Cornell‘s older brother is speaking out slam conspiracy theories that have surfaced since the singer committed suicide on May 18 in Detroit following a Soundgarden show there. 

In a lengthy Facebook post, Peter Cornell — who had quit social media after his brother’s death — tells fans that “you humble me with your kindness, empathy and support” and that “I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop.”

Cornell went on to discount the rash of theories about his brother’s death that have surfaced online, writing that social media “becomes a forum for conspiracy theories and absurd conjecture that defy decency and continually attempt to blur the facts. The entities that fuel these avenues of chaos are self-serving at best. When is enough enough? Hasn’t the time come for my Brother to be allowed to rest in peace? Haven’t the children endured more than a child ever, ever, ever should?”

Peter Cornell closed his message with a tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rth birthday, writing a simple, “Goodnight Chester.”


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