Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Birthplace of grunge mourns 'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell

Birthplace of grunge mourns 'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell

Cornell had played a Soundgarden gig at Detroit's Fox Theatre just hours before his death, and was due to appear at major USA festival Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. Now The Hollywood Reporter has a followup, reporting that the Wayne County medical examiner's office has confirmed this report, and officially ruled Cornell's death a suicide.

Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden, died Wednesday night.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon. "There is no additional information at this time".

As The Detroit Free Press reported earlier, local authorities received a 911 call from a hotel just after midnight from a family friend of Cornell, who was apparently conducting a well-being check on the singer (not a good sign, really).

The friend apparently forced open the hotel room's door and found the singer unconscious.

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The rock star's last ever song in Detroit was a mashup of Slaves and Bulldozers and In My Time of Dying by Led Zeppelin.

Cornell, a key figure in Seattle's '90s grunge scene, founded Soundgarden in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Cornell is said to have delivered a quality performance, but there are conflicting reports over his demeanour at the final concert.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died on Wednesday night in Detroit, his spokesman Brian Bumbery said.

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This year's "Six Degrees" program was going to be for musician David Byrne, but with the sudden death of Cornell, KEXP DJs made a decision to "shift gears" and pay tribute to him instead. FILE - In this September 23, 2011, file photo, musician Chris Cornell is shown in NY.

Kiss singer Paul Stanley tweeted he was "Stunned to hear the death of Chris Cornell", while Aerosmith's Joe Perry called his passing "a sad loss of a great talent to the world". And listen to how he sings that word, not like he's trying to let something out so much as knock something over.

Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and Cornell in 2001 joined members of Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave.

Cornell, who was also known as a performer in Audioslave, had posted a message expressing his excitement for the concert shortly before his death.

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