Chris Cornell or Prince or John Lennon—Which Famous Musician's Death Hit You the Hardest?

For many, a favorite musician's death can feel extremely personal. On Wednesday, one Twitter user had no idea how personal until they asked which musician's death hit folks the hardest. Many mourned (and are still mourning) the losses of Chris Cornell, John Lennon, Prince, and other icons who left us too soon.

What musician’s death hit you the hardest?

— alex (@starkmanalex3) September 1, 2020

Cornell's death was a difficult passing to cope with, as per the Twitterverse. The Soundgarden and Audioslave musician struggled with depression for most of his life, and was found dead in a Detroit hotel room in 2017.

"Chris Cornell was stunning & I'll never forget where I was. I have also struggled with Prince, Tom Petty, & of course the alien David Bowie whom I think about most every day these days. Lemmy was also a stunner. Can't say any hit me as hard as Cornell. I'd seen him live 6 times," one user reflected.

"The saddest thing about losing Chris Cornell for me was that I had always considered him as the one grunge guy that made it through. To lose him so much later than the others really shocked me. Someone please put Jerry Cantrell in a bunker," another said.

Chris Cornell was stunning & I'll never forget where I was. I have also struggled with Prince, Tom Petty, & of course the alien David Bowie whom I think about most every day these days. Lemmy was also a stunner. Can't say any hit me as hard as Cornell. I'd seen him live 6 times. https://t.co/2AylAvaoQD

— Carolina Drama (@ColBourbon) September 2, 2020

The saddest thing about losing Chris Cornell for me was that I had always considered him as the one grunge guy that made it through. To lose him so much later than the others really shocked me. Someone please put Jerry Cantrell in a bunker.

— VOL4STRIFE (@VOL4STRIFE) September 2, 2020

Chris Cornell. I was at his last show in Detroit the night he died and woke up to the devastating news. Shocking and hard to process. https://t.co/DH1SVIeBUl

— Ahmee (@obxajacobs) September 2, 2020

grieving over celebrities isn’t embarrassing: a thread

it’s taken me three years of counselling to realise this.

i’ve never spoken publicly about it but three months after chris cornell died, i had various people in my life urge me to seek help.

— claire. (@blissfulfiction) September 2, 2020

Chris Cornell. I cried when I heard and that's never happened to me before. 💔 pic.twitter.com/90JLpZNwNc

— WOZ (@ScottWozniak) September 2, 2020

Other fans were still wrapping their minds around Lennon's premature death. The Beatles musician was shot outside of the Dakota in Manhattan in 1980 by Mark David Chapman.

"John Lennon because our world is poorer for the loss of his unique poetic vision to this day," one person said. "I felt a loss for the world," another chimed in.

"John Lennon's death was hard. My sister lived across the street from the Dakota and heard the shot. She called me to tell me what happened," someone else recalled.

John Lennon because of how it happened. I was really touched when Merle Haggard died I think because of my father. I also mourned John Prine very much, one of my all time favorites.

— stormin normin (@mdn051) September 2, 2020

John Lennon. I felt a loss for the world. https://t.co/Lscwbzq514

— James McPartland (@wingdigit) September 2, 2020

John Lennon because our world is poorer for the loss of his unique poetic vision to this day. https://t.co/60yQHOVjU6

— Christy C. Callahan 🌊 (@ChristyDem314) September 2, 2020

John Lennon's death was hard. My sister lived across the street from the Dakota and heard the shot. She called me to tell me what happened.

— HollyBiggs (@hbiggsrochester) September 2, 2020
John Lennon
Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon of The Beatles in his Triumph Herald convertible car on February 18, 1965. Evening Standard/Getty Images

Some who weighed in are still upset by Prince's death. Prince died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. "So damn young!" one user said. "Prince! There were others, but HIS was the one unexpected!" another chimed in.

"When Prince died I cried for days!!" a third remembered. "Someone had the nerve to say to me 'you didn't even know him' doesn't matter if you know a person or not it's how they've touched your life. Music is so much to me. Every loss hurts."

Prince! There were others, but HIS was the one unexpected!☹ https://t.co/ICxrS9QJfR

— ShyScorpio aka BF Resister (@2shyscorpio) September 2, 2020

Prince! so damn young! https://t.co/Ax9WxzxND6

— Steven🌉🌉 (@steven94117) September 2, 2020

When Prince died I cried for days!! Someone had the nerve to say to me "you didn't even know him" doesn't matter if you know a person or not it's how they've touched your life. Music is so much to me. Every loss hurts.

— Wockety (@wockety) September 2, 2020

Other Twitter users lamented the losses of David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Chester Bennington, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, Selena, and Freddie Mercury.

"I remember being in the Front Lounge and wondering why the DJ was playing a very random Whitney song...then another and then another..." one person said. "Then someone texted to say the news!"

"Amy Winehouse," someone else recalled. "I left class to cry in the nurses [sic] office."

"Kurt Cobain," a third wrote. "Was a Nirvana fan, but bigger grunge fan. He was basically the inventor of that genre....Then Jimi Hendrix but more after I got older. Genius. Wish he coulda hung around 30 more years."

Nat King Cole. Those damn cigarettes. Got my father too. https://t.co/qbAyUWDC72

— James Glenn Poshard (@JamesPoshard) September 2, 2020

Bowie. Coworkers gave me a condolences card and a Starbucks to get me through that day. https://t.co/xxUFiqrWPz

— Shäri 🔥 (@rockdoc666) September 2, 2020

Prince all day
Bowie
Michael
In that emotional order https://t.co/4jfF6eJ6wL

— Nikki ❌ ₪·ø·III·o (@bleudawn7) September 2, 2020

Prince... David Bowie... Luther Vandross...George Micheal https://t.co/Krgv9Se6W1

— Sue Scoby (@SueScoby) September 2, 2020

I remember being in the Front Lounge and wondering why the DJ was playing a very random Whitney song...then another and then another...

then someone texted to say the news! https://t.co/nQ4Q5SqV5j

— CROSSY (@CrossyTweets) September 2, 2020

Kurt Cobain. Was a Nirvana fan, but bigger grunge fan. He was basically the inventor of that genre....Then Jimi Hendrix but more after I got older. Genius. Wish he coulda hung around 30 more years https://t.co/EEvqRwuMgA

— Go Go White Sox 4Ever (@gogosox4ever) September 1, 2020

Mac Miller. I understood the words he said. He left too soon. https://t.co/VEQwbjYWhC

— turn buckl🇺🇸 (@TurnBuckl) September 2, 2020

Amy Winehouse I left class to cry in the nurses office https://t.co/4RI2XR6A78

— 😠 (@shutupstinky2) September 2, 2020

One user, however, probably gave the best answer of all: "Too many of them."

Too many of them https://t.co/jOF5Om4gbs

— rev recluse (@revRecluse) September 2, 2020