The Seattle music community is a pretty close one, and when Heart went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, it was Chris Cornell who was chosen to induct the Wilson sisters. With Cornell's passing, both Ann and Nancy Wilson have issued statements on the singer's death.

"It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way," expressed Ann Wilson. "We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul."

Nancy Wilson stated, "No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating." You can see footage of Cornell with Heart's Wilson sisters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the video above.

During a recent chat about Soundgarden's Rock Hall prospects, Cornell stated that it didn't make much difference to him whether or not his band made it, but that his time spent helping to induct Heart did leave an impression.

“To be honest, it doesn’t really make any difference to me,” he explained to Den of Geek. “I’m not trying to be negative about it. The one thing about inducting Heart was that I was actually really moved by their fans, and the fans were the people in the cheap seats that were screaming, and they were outside saying hi every time you’d come and go over the course of the two days. That was when it made sense to me, that it matters to the fans, and if it matters to the fans, then I think it matters. But they deserve ownership of it.”

See more artist tributes to the late Chris Cornell by clicking the red button at the bottom of this post.

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