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Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Speaks On How Chris Cornell Helped Him Get Sober


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Filter frontman Richard Patrick has shared the following story of how late Soundgarden, etc. frontman Chris Cornell helped him get sober back in 2002. Cornell of course was sadly found dead yesterday with his passing being ruled a suicide. Patrick said via Instagram:

“On September 28, 2002, I was ready to stop drinking so I went to a facility in Malibu to get sober. I was extremely skeptical and as an atheist I did not want to really try. New comers like me always want to shit-can everything. I woke up to some old guy saying “I hear you’re a singer.” I said “yes” and he said, “there’s some other guy here from a band called gardens of sound or some shit. You guys might get along.”

He was talking about Chris Cornell. I took my first baby steps into a program of recovery that lasted all this time with Chris‘s help. Chris said “I know this shit feels goofy but it’s the only deal in town that seems to work.” I wouldn’t have gotten it if Chris didn’t legitimize the whole thing for me. For 28 days, Chris helped lead the way. You saved my life buddy. I’ll never forget you. #chriscornell #gonetoosoon”

On September 28, 2002, I was ready to stop drinking so I went to a facility in Malibu to get sober. I was extremely skeptical and as an atheist I did not want to really try. New comers like me always want to shit-can everything. I woke up to some old guy saying “I hear you’re a singer.” I said “yes” and he said, “there’s some other guy here from a band called gardens of sound or some shit. You guys might get along.” He was talking about Chris Cornell. I took my first baby steps into a program of recovery that lasted all this time with Chris’s help. Chris said “I know this shit feels goofy but it’s the only deal in town that seems to work.” I wouldn’t have gotten it if Chris didn’t legitimize the whole thing for me. For 28 days, Chris helped lead the way. You saved my life buddy. I’ll never forget you. #chriscornell #gonetoosoon

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