Chris Cornell’s daughter writes heartbreaking open letter to him

Toni Cornell — the 12-year-old daughter of Soundgarden frontman Chris, who died in an apparent suicide last month — posted a moving open letter to him that was posted on his Facebook page late Monday, in which she remembers their tender moments together, says how much she misses him and tries to draw strength from her memories of him. It follows in full below.

In October 2015, Toni joined her father onstage in New York to perform Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."

Daddy,

Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You are my idol, someone I've always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.

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."

I always took what you said to heart. Probably because everything you said was so smart.

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.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Chris Cornell with family attend 'The Promise' New York Screening at Paris Theatre on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Musician Chris Cornell (R) and Toni Cornell celebrates Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum at RED Studios Hollywood on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Musician Chris Cornell (L) and daughter Toni attend 'The Promise' premiere during 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Brian de Rivera Simon/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Musician Chris Cornell (L) attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle's annual celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Cornell (R) and daughter Lily Cornell arrive at SAINT LAURENT At The Palladium at Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Chris Cornell (R) attends Saint Laurent at the Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California for the Saint Laurent Los Angeles show. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for SAINT LAURENT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Recording artist Chris Cornell attends Saint Laurent at the Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California for the Saint Laurent Los Angeles show. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for SAINT LAURENT)
MALIBU, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Musician Chris Cornell (L) and Toni Cornell attend Rock4EB! 2015 with Ed Sheeran and David Spade on November 15, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for EB Kids)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Chris Cornell and family attend the world premiere of Disney's 'Into the Woods' at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Chris Cornell and his daughters arrive to the special screening of 'Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue' held at La Cienega Park on August 28, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Musician Chris Cornell (C) and family arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: (L-R) Chris Cornell, Toni Cornell and Vicky Cornell attend BRING YOUR HEART TO OUR HOUSE: JOHN VARVATOS partners with CONVERSE for the 7th ANNUAL STUART HOUSE BENEFIT at John Varvatos on March 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
March 8, 2009 West Hollywood, Ca.; Chris Cornell,wife Vicky Karayiannis and children; John Varvatos 7th Annual Stuart House Benefit; Held at the John Varvatos Boutique (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
SEPTEMBER 5: Chris Cornell attends CONDE NAST MEDIA GROUP celebrates Fifth Anniversary of FASHION ROCKS red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall on September 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Daughter Toni Cornell and Chris Cornell sighting on February 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by COP/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Singer Chris Cornell and his daughter arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors. (Photo by Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Christopher Cornell, Chris Cornell, Toni Karayiannis and Vicky Cornell attend Hollywood and Fashion Support the 5th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit at Beverly Hills on March 11, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 19: Musician Chris Cornell and his daughter attend the John Varvatos 4th Annual Stuart House Benefit at the John Varvatos Boutique on March 19, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. The Stuart House serves the special needs of child victims of sexual abuse. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell arrives at Conde Nast Media Group's Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall on September 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave with daughter Toni Cornell (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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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. You would stay up all night to make sure my fever went down. And if it didn't, you would wake me up and give me my medicine. I would open my eyes, see you, and feel better.

I have so many memories with you but one of my favorite ones was earlier this year when I was jetlagged and we watched 'Purple Rain '. We were staying at the BHH and you came into my room when I was trying to find a movie to watch.

"How about Purple Rain?" you said. I always trusted your judgement. 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.

I fell in love with the song too and listened to it on repeat.

Our special connection was always the arts. Poems, books, music, writing. We both have a unconditional love for it.

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UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris CORNELL and SOUNDGARDEN; Chris Cornell (Photo by Stuart Mostyn/Redferns)
NEW YORK - 19th JANUARY: Guitarist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs live on stage at the Ritz in New York City on January 19,1990. Cans of Budweiser beer are visible on the drum riser behind. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris CORNELL and SOUNDGARDEN; Chris Cornell (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 1: (L-R) Musicians Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden attend 37th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden during RIP! Magazine Party in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Reading Festival, Britain - 1995, Chris Cornell Of Sound Garden (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage)
Kim Thayil, Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden with guest (2nd R) at MTV Rock the Vote '95 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Chris Cornell (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
American rock band Audioslave performs on stage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11, 2003. Pictured is singer Chris Cornell. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26: Photo of AUDIOSLAVE; Chris Cornell / Audioslave, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Australia (Photo by Martin Philbey/Redferns)
Audioslave (Chris Cornell on vocals and Tom Morello on guitar) (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 16: Lead singer of Audioslave Chris Cornell performs on the main stage during the show at Lollapalooza at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, California August 16, 2003. Lollapalooza is a multi act festival that is touring the country. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell and Tom Morello of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell and Tom Morello of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave and his daughter Toni during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell during The John Varvatos 4th Annual Stuart House Charity Benefit - Inside at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell during The John Varvatos 4th Annual Stuart House Charity Benefit - Inside at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell and daughter during 5th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit Presented by Converse at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell and Vicky Cornell (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage for John Varvatos)
World Music Awards, Earls Court, London, Britain - 15 Nov 2006, Chris Cornell And Wife Vicky Karayiannis (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: HYDE PARK Photo of Chris CORNELL, performing live onstage (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 09: Musician Chris Cornell and wife Vicky Karayiannis arrives to the taping of Spike TV's First Annual 'Guys Choice' at Radford Studios on June 9, 2007 in Studio City, California. Spike TV?s ?Guys Choice? premieres June 13, 2007 at 10:00pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3439 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chris Cornell performs on September 19, 2007 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3439 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Chris Cornell, host Jay Leno, actress Ali Larter and actor/comedian Dane Cook on September 19, 2007 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Chris Cornell performs in concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair on August 5, 2007 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Musician Chris Cornell arrives with daughter Toni at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 2008 in Washington, DC. In its 31st year, the Kennedy Center Honors recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell performs live in concert during the Projekt Revolution Tour at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on August 17, 2008 in Noblesville,Indiana (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Musician Chris Cornell arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 2008 in Washington, DC. In its 31st year, the Kennedy Center Honors recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Musician Chris Cornell performs onstage at The Wiltern on May 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30: Chris Cornell performs live on day one of the 40th Pinkpop Festival at Megaland on May 30, 2009 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (Photo by Mark Venema/Getty Images)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY -- Episode 992 -- Airdate 03/25/2009 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chris Cornell performs on March 25, 2009 -- Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBCU Photo Bank
CHICAGO - AUGUST 08: Musician/vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs in concert during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 8, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Musician/actor Chris Cornell and wife Vicky Karayiannis arrive 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. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Director Marc Forster (L) and musician Chris Cornell arrive at the 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at the Forum on July 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Musician Chris Cornell and guest attend the 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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Who's going to introduce me to movies like 'Purple Rain' and songs like 'The Beautiful Ones' now? I'm hoping I will find some because you trained me so well.

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!

Love,
Your Baby Toni

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