Many were shocked when the news broke of the untimely passing of the Soundgarden’s vocalist Chris Cornell. At his funeral last Friday, a number of celebrity friends were in attendance, including Brad Pitt.

Fans may not have known that the former husband of Angelina Jolie and the dearly departed musician were very good friends. In fact, the 53-year-old star did his best to cheer the songwriter’s kids, Toni (12) and Christopher Nicholas (11), up by taking them to Universal Studios in L.A. last Wednesday.

Pitt takes Cornell’s kids to enjoy

Photos of Pitt with Toni and Christopher were now emerging online.

Two bodyguards were accompanying them. They were seen checking the Wizarding World of Harry Potter while the kids were holding their new wands and the three of them were enjoying their butterbeer.

Another snap showed the “War Machine” star with Toni on the Jurassic Park ride. The two were alone on the ride, and it seemed like the actor-producer was nervous as he was caught scratching his facial hair while the kid looked excited as he enthusiastically pointed his hand in the air.

According to a source of E! News, the “Allied” star wanted to be there for Cornell’s kids to have a good time. Evidently, he was very accommodating to the children and even thankful to everybody at each attraction for helping them out.

“Brad was gracious and polite, but seemed intent on making sure the kids were happy,” the insider said.

Pitt’s reaction to Cornell’s death

Moreover, aside from being good friends, Pitt considered himself as a “Chris Cornell addict.”

He, along with other celebrities and musicians, like Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Pharrell Williams, Billy Idol and Courtney Love attended the “Black Hole Sun” hitmaker’s memorial service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the father-of-six was shocked and devastated when he heard the passing of Temple of the Dog's ex-member. Allegedly, the 52-year-old vocalist took his own life on May 18 inside his hotel room in Detroit after having his concert tour with Soundgarden. "This has hit him very hard,” a source said.

Family’s battle against Detroit

Meanwhile, Cornell’s family is not yet convinced that the “Spoonman” singer committed suicide. In fact, they are now battling with the City of Detroit because of this assumption. Their lawyer even requested for police and toxicology reports, but, unfortunately, they are shut down.

The authorities told them that if they give them the reports that they want, it will “compromise and/or interfere with their investigation.” They, too, are confused about Wayne County Medical Examiner’s announcement that Cornell’s cause of death is suicide even if the full autopsy is not yet completed.