This morning, Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old Toni Cornell went on Good Morning America to offer her own tribute to her recently-passed father, and his dear friend Chester Bennington. The performance is beyond moving, as this pre-teen girl has been through two incredible tragedies over the course of the last few months, and yet here she is, in front of what amounts to the entire world, honoring their legacy.
Toni is joined by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who rather heroically sings the song alongside the teen, even though she honestly holds her own against an adult pop star. She’s poised and clearly devastated, but committed to her performance, with no emotional outbursts or breakdowns. Plenty of people in the crowd, however, are openly weeping.
This isn’t the first time Toni has spoken out publicly since her father’s death. She also wrote him a heartbreaking note on Father’s Day. Of course, Chester Bennington sang this same song in tribute to his fallen friend at Cornell’s funeral.
Watching footage of that performance after Chester’s own suicide was gut-wrenching, and seeing the song performed once again here is equally devastating. Earlier today, Rolling Stone published an account of the final days before his death, in which he was back to an “hour-by-hour” struggle with addiction.
Watch the full performance above.