He was supposed to turn 53 this week.

Instead, the first birthday since the recent death of Chris Cornell was marked by the death of another friend.

So much sorrow in such a small space.

The slow dripping away of rock superstars from popular culture is as sad as the way they depart us.

Suicide is cool again.

I remember the last fad in the angst-ridden 90's, which took friends and famous icons.

Yes there were and are drugs involved.

But this new fascination with death by suicide is chilling.

It's not just in your head, the numbers are rising. It is happening more now.

It needs to stop.

Soundgarden was touring and many were hoping for a new album soon.

Instead, we remember and miss him this week.