Like many in the music community, Metallica frontman James Hetfield is still reeling from Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell‘s recent death, which he says still has him at a loss for words.
Speaking with Boston’s WAAF, Hetfield said, “It does make you hug those around you, for sure — bandmates, family that’s out here, family at home. It makes you realize that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they’re trapped in.”
Cornell died on May 17 in his Detroit hotel room from an apparent suicide. He was 52.
Hetfield continued, “And when you’re there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you’re in that space to even fathom that there’s someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you’re at such a loss. I can’t… obviously can’t explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses. And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you’re doing.”
Watch video of the interview here: