Chris Cornell, one of rock’s most iconic and dynamic voices, died suddenly last night in Detroit. He was 52. Cornell had just performed with his band Soundgarden Wednesday night and died a few hours later.
(UPDATE 2:30 CST) Fox News is reporting that Cornell hung himself in the bathroom of his hotel room. The medical examiner in Detroit has confirmed suicide as the cause of death.
(Original Story) Seattle native Cornell was one of the founding members of Soundgarden in the early 1980s and went on to win multiple Grammy Awards with their breakthrough album “Superunknown.” Soundgarden would break up and reunite several times in the following years, and during which, Cornell formed the band Audioslave.
His representative issued the following statement:
“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death,” the statement said. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The Fox Theatre in Detroit tweeted out this picture from last night’s Soundgarden concert, Cornell’s final performance.
Reaction to his death is already coming in.
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
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