Late singer Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter, Toni, joined the band OneRepublic on stage live on “Good Morning America.” Together they performed a heartfelt tribute of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah.” Their performance was in celebration of the lives of Cornell and late Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington, both of whom are recently deceased.
“It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni Cornell said.
Cornell took his own life in May of this year and Bennington’s death is currently being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Cornell and Bennington have been close for many years. They toured and performed together numerous times in the mid-2000’s. Bennington died on July 20th, the same day that would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
OneRepublic was booked to perform in Central Park as part of the “GMA” Summer Concert series in place of Linkin Park, who was originally scheduled to perform. OneRepublic told ABC News that it was a big honor to pay tribute to their respected colleagues.
“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder said about the song “Hallelujah.” “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni [Cornell] as well.”
Cornell and his wife founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation in 2012 to help protect vulnerable children; those who are homeless, in foster care, or victims of abuse and neglect. A lot of his fans are celebrating his life by supporting his philanthropy.