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The Latest: Cornell memorial opens with 'The Promise'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/26/2017
Musician Tom Morello, right, and his mother Mary Morello attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Musician Tom Morello, right, and his mother Mary Morello attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on memorial services Friday for late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell (all times local):

Gavin Rossdale, of Bush, attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Gavin Rossdale, of Bush, attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

12:45 p.m.

Actor Josh Brolin attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor Josh Brolin attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A private memorial service for Soundgarden singer-songwriter Chris Cornell has begun at a Hollywood cemetery.

Perry Farrell, left, and Etty Lau Farrell attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Perry Farrell, left, and Etty Lau Farrell attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The memorial is being attended by numerous members of rock royalty, including Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, singer-songwriter Joe Walsh and James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

Musician Dave Navarro attends a memorial service for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Musician Dave Navarro attends a memorial service for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The ceremony opened with the playing of one of Cornell's most recent songs, "The Promise."

Chester Bennington, of Linkin Park, attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chester Bennington, of Linkin Park, attends a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The 52-year-old rocker died last week in Detroit after performing a show with Soundgarden. Officials said a preliminary autopsy showed he hanged himself, but toxicology tests are pending.

Taylor Hawkins, of Foo Fighters, right, and Alison Hawkins attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Hawkins, of Foo Fighters, right, and Alison Hawkins attend a funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin and Pharrell Williams were also attending Friday's service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A public memorial is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, musician Chris Cornell performs on stage during Conde Nast's Fashion Rocks show in New York. Soundgarden frontman Cornell is being laid to rest Friday, May 26, 2017, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell's burial site. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, musician Chris Cornell performs on stage during Conde Nast's Fashion Rocks show in New York. Soundgarden frontman Cornell is being laid to rest Friday, May 26, 2017, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell's burial site. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

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12:10 p.m.

Pharrell Williams, Brad Pitt and numerous rockers including James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Dave Navarro are attending a private memorial for late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Cornell is being laid to rest at a private memorial Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Other mourners spotted at the service included Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, actor Josh Brolin and guitarist Tom Morello, who performed with Cornell in the supergroup Audioslave.

Cornell's widow and two youngest children were also seen arriving at the service, which will be followed by a public memorial at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

The 52-year-old rocker's Soundgarden bandmates also arrived for the memorial, as did Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains.

Cornell died last week in Detroit after performing a concert.

Fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates Friday with one of them playing Soundgarden music from a portable speaker.

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11:35 a.m.

Fans are lining up outside the memorial where Chris Cornell will be laid to rest on Friday.

Los Angeles resident Melody Andrade brought her 4-year-old son Jude to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to pay her respects to the late Soundgarden singer-songwriter. The pair wore matching T-shirts that read, "Say Hello 2 Heaven."

Andrade says Cornell's death is on par to her with the loss of rockers Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Cornell was unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room on May 18 after playing a concert with Soundgarden. The 52-year-old Seattle native was a leading voice in the grunge movement that became mainstream in the 1990s.

About a dozen fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates as mourners began to arrive Friday morning for a private memorial service. One person played Soundgarden music from a portable speaker.

A public memorial and viewing of Cornell's final resting place will be begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.

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1 a.m.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is being laid to rest Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say a private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell's burial site.

The 52-year-old was pronounced dead May 18 after he was found unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room after a concert performance. Coroner's officials released say preliminary autopsy results show the singer hanged himself, but full toxicology results remain pending. The singer's family has disputed the findings and claim Cornell may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

Cornell was a leading voice of the grunge movement in the 1990s. Besides Soundgarden, he scored hits with Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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