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    Celebrities mourn the passing of Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell in 2011.
    Chad Batka/The New York Times
    Chris Cornell in 2011.

    Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was among the many celebrities who paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell on social media Thursday. Tyler posted a photo of himself and Cornell on Facebook and Instagram and wrote, in all caps: “THERE’S A NEW STAR IN THE HEAVENS TONIGHT...THAT WILL SHINE FOREVER FROM THE MEMORY OF YOUR DREAM...YOU WERE THE ICING ON EVERY BAND YOU PLAYED WITH...YOU WERE A GREAT FRIEND CHRIS...THE WORLD WILL MISS YOU DEEPLY...SADLY...LOVINGLY...”

    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry shared a photo of himself and Cornell on Twitter and wrote: “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”

    Actor Chris Evans also expressed sadness about Cornell’s passing. The “Captain America” star and Sudbury native wrote on Twitter: “Chris Cornell was a genius. Too much talent in one man. I have countless memories listening to his music growing up. Devastating. RIP.”