Brad just lost two close friends in a week: Brad Grey and Chris Cornell
UPDATE: Medical examiner says #ChrisCornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert https://t.co/qEs570wA4b— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell's death was "sudden and unexpected," his representative said https://t.co/NrtneOGjEn— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 18, 2017
In a world drowning in the ugly noise & clamour of lies Chris was a beautiful man w/a beautiful voice singing his truth #BlackHoleSun indeed pic.twitter.com/nWhal1V0qv— Sting (@OfficialSting) May 18, 2017
Brad Pitt is mourning the loss of his two friends Chris Cornell and Brad Grey: "He is devastated and in shock." https://t.co/eRl19EmlUq pic.twitter.com/hHYIiTlOKE— E! News (@enews) May 18, 2017
"He is devastated and in shock," a source tells E! News exclusively. "He is trying to process the loss of two great friends. This has hit him very hard."
The insider adds, "With Brad Grey, Brad Pitt was one of the few people who knew he was sick. Grey was told he had a few weeks to live, but he didn't even get that long. He was gone way too soon."
Pitt goes back quite a ways with the rocker. Not only have they spent time with one another's families—Zahara attended Cornell's daughter Toni's sixth birthday in 2010—they've also supported each other often over the years.
"I'm a big Chris Cornell addict, anything he does," Pitt told Cinema Confidential in 2004 when asked about his favorite music.
Most recently, the friends reunited when Pitt joined Cornell and fellow rocker Sting onstage at the ROCK4EB! charity event in January, which was held at a private home in Malibu.
The musicians performed The Police's 1983 hit "Every Breath You Take" as well as Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun."
Brad told the crowd, "I get to introduce a very, very good friend of mine and someone I've known for quite a while, and I'm a huge fan of, Mr. Chris Cornell."
Cornell is survived by and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, their kids Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11 and his daughter Lillian, who is almost 17, from a previous marriage.