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Tom Morello says goodbye to Chris Cornell: "I love you, brother"

Sean tSabhasaigh/WireImageTom Morello has shared a statement in which he mourns the death of his Audioslave band mate, Chris Cornell.

"I love you, brother," Morello writes. "Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate."

"I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever," he continues. "Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family."

Audioslave, which also featured Morello's Rage Against the Machine band mates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, released three albums between 2002 and 2006. The group disbanded in 2007, but they reunited earlier this year to play a protest show on Inauguration Day.

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