Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis is the latest musician to express his sadness at the recent loss of Chris Cornell.

“He is of our generation, so he’s someone I’ve been conscience of I guess since the mid 80’s,” Kiedis told SONiC. “You never expect a contemporary who is alive and well and still playing to suddenly check out like that. I can’t say I took him for granted, but it was kind of shocking.

“We have a relationship with him and the rest of Soundgarden because we went on tour with them in 1992 on Lollapalooza”, he continued. “They were just a bunch of sweethearts, and we got to see them constantly.”

Like so many, the Chili Peppers’ frontman was pleased that Soundgarden were back out on the road.

“It was nice to see them back together, and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could want to take his own life. And I don’t judge him for that because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously, it has to be overwhelming in order to want to leave. Bless his family, he left the world a better place.”