Tom Morello pens heartfelt poem for Chris Cornell

Tom Morello pens heartfelt poem for Chris Cornell
The guitarist, far left, paid tribute to his friend and Audioslave bandmate (Tom Morello / Instagram)

Musician Tom Morello has written a heartfelt poem in tribute to his friend and Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell, who died this week.

Cornell, 52, was found dead in the bathroom of his Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night after the grunge band had played a concert in the city.

His wife, Vicky Cornell, said she did not believe the singer meant to kill himself, suggesting anxiety drugs he was taking might have played a role in his death.

"What happened is inexplicable, and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," Vicky Cornell said in a statement. "I know that he loved our children, and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

Ms Cornell said the singer, a recovering addict, was taking the prescription drug Ativan, which treats anxiety and insomnia. One of the listed side effects is that it may increase depression and cause impaired judgement.

Morello posted his poem to Instagram, where it's gained nearly 25,000 likes.

You're a prince, you're a snare, you're a shadow

You're twilight and star burn and shade

You're a sage, you're a wound shared, you're masked

You're a pillar of smoke, you're a platinum heart

You're a brush fire, you're caged, you're free

Your vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You're open armed, you're armed, you're true

You're a revealer of visions, you're the passenger, you're a never fading scar

You're twilight and star burn and shade

You're the secret veiled, you're the secret revealed, you're surrounded no more

You're not there, now you're always here

Youre a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You're the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade

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