After calling Chris Cornell‘s apparent suicide a “selfish” act, a former member of Foo Fighters has now backed down from his controversial comments, calling them “insensitive and wrong on many levels”.
Earlier this week, ex-Foos guitarist Franz Stahl posted a statement to Facebook in which he said, “I find it very sad as a father to see all these sad eulogies for your fallen kept rockstars where the real sadness is what so selfishly was left behind his children.
“You wanna off yourself cause your incapacitated or brain dead shitting yourself and a burden to everyone so be it. But just think of your kids and how fucked it all will be now.
“Now I loved Soundgarden — but Audiosoave was fucking lamesville — but does all that really matter to his kids? They just wanted to see your face when you got home, to hear your voice, to feel your hugs, to borrow the fucking car to go to In and Out Burger. Thanks Dad.”
Stahl later deleted the statement, and has now posted a follow-up statement to Facebook in which he says he’s been “inundated with hate and harm” following his earlier comments.
“I’m no stranger to what some of us deal with in life — a fatherless upbringing, suicide in my family and my own depression,” he says.
“With that said, upon reading the news I was initially overwhelmed with sadness, then it became anger however unwarranted. In that moment I just blurted it out, said things and posted it.
“It was however insensitive and wrong on many levels and since deleted. People close to me know I’m not that person, and well, how can you walk that back?”
Stahl was a member of Foo Fighters between 1997 and 1999, and still performs in Dave Grohl’s former band Scream. Read his full follow-up statement, below.
Chris Cornell died in a Detroit hotel room last week at the age of 52, and his death has since been ruled a suicide. His widow, Vicky Cornell, has recently penned a heartbreaking open letter to her late husband.