Brad Pitt Takes Chris Cornell's Kids to Universal Studios Hollywood

Actor visits theme park with late star's children

By Samantha Schnurr Jun 01, 2017 1:13 PMTags

Brad Pitt is helping to bring some joy to Chris Cornell's children during a tragic time. 

In the wake of the Soundgarden singer's unexpected death, the musician's famous friend was spotted paying a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood with Cornell's kids, daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11. 

The three were sighted by fellow theme park visitors, who couldn't help but notice the Oscar winner walking around. 

"Brad definitely seemed like he was there for the kids to have a good time," a source told E! News. "He was very accommodating to them and thankful to everybody at each attraction for helping them." 

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According to the insider, Christopher was especially excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and even got to pick out a wand from the Ollivander's Wand Shop attraction. "Brad was gracious and polite, but seemed intent on making sure the kids were happy." As the source described, Brad was interacting with the kids as if he were a godfather or uncle to them.

"They all seemed comfortable together, like Brad was effectively taking their mind off of things for a few hours with a fun day at the park."

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It's been a difficult time for the frontman's family and friends, who are coping with his loss after he was found unresponsive with a band around his neck in the bathroom of his hotel room while on tour in Detroit. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to E! News in a statement that a preliminary autopsy had been conducted and Cornell's cause of death was determined as suicide by hanging. A full autopsy and toxicology test results are pending.

Pitt, a longtime pal of the star, was also present at Cornell's funeral last week. The actor joined fellow celebrity attendees Pharrell WilliamsMetallica rockers Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction to honor his memory. 

Vicky Cornell, his wife of 13 years, and their children attended wearing traditional black. The rocker is also survived by a 16-year-old daughter, Lilian, from a previous marriage. According to Dr. Eric Esrailian, Cornell's longtime friend, the late star's wife and kids were the center of his life. 

"If [Cornell] was aware of what he was doing I don't think Chris would ever do this to his family," he told CNN. "The Chris I know would never do this to his family...I completely don't believe he had this planned out."

"He always was focused on his children and his wife," he said. "Chris was the center of [Vicky's] world and the world of her children. Everything revolved around Chris because he was such a great, fun, funny person." 

(E! and Universal Studios are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

—Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom