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Chris Cornell’s 12-year-old daughter Toni performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s timeless classic from 1975 “Hallelujah” with OneRepublic to honor her late dad and Chester Bennington on “Good Morning America” on Friday morning. “It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni said. Bennington was a dear friend of Chris Cornell and was Toni’s godfather.
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Bennington gave the eulogy and sang “Hallelujah” at his Cornell’s funeral. That would end up being one of Bennington’s last performances because on July 20, the same day that would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday, Bennington also committed suicide by hanging.
“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder said of the song “Hallelujah.” “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni [Cornell] as well.”
Linkin Park was originally scheduled to perform on “GMA” this morning, but OneRepublic was willing to fill in for the band and dedicate their performances to Bennington and Cornell.
Immediately following Cornell’s death, Toni wrote a touching letter to her deceased father. Here she is performing with her father and singing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”