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Chris Cornell Statue Unveiling at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture Moved to October

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Chris Cornell performs at Fort Rock Music Festival in Fort Myers on April 30, 2017.

Chris Cornell's memory will live on through a commemorative life-size bronze statue, to be unveiled at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture on October 7.  

Donated by the late musician's wife, Vicky Cornell, the statue was sculpted by artist Nick Marras and portrays the rocker in his most iconic pose, strumming a guitar with one hand up in the air clutching a pick, complete with his signature boots, dog tag and long  curly hair.    

"As an artist, my husband was not only one of the greatest voices in rock history but also one of the greatest and most prolific poets of his time- his contribution to music birthed a movement that would leave an indelible mark on popular music forever. It only makes sense that I donate this statue to MoPop with their dedication to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture," Vicky said in a statement. "Like my husband and his music, MoPop reaches multigenerational audiences, and this is the perfect place where people near and far can come together to not only support the museum and its programs, but also celebrate the legacy that my husband left behind, not only in Seattle but around the world."   

The free public unveiling was originally scheduled for August 29, but was moved to October to accommodate the expected crowds. The ceremony will also include footage of Soundgarden's performance at The Wiltern, which will be screened inside MoPOP's Sky Church.   

The Grammy-winning vocalist was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after a Soundgarden concert May 18, 2017. His death was later determined as a suicide.