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

Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Dead at Only 52

Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Dead at Only 52

The rocker was now on tour with his band and the rep said his family was shocked by his passing.

News of Chris Cornell dead came from The New York Times this morning with the musician's representative Brian Bumbrey calling the death "sudden and unexpected", adding that Cornell's family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause". The concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre was part of the band's current USA tour.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed".

Before his performance on Wednesday night, Cornell tweeted about how excited he was to be back in Detroit. The friend forced open the hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor, according to police.

With Cornell as the lead singer, Kim Thayil as the guitarist and Hiro Yamamoto as the bassist, Soundgarden was a seminal band in the grunge movement, alongside contemporaries Pearl Jam and Nirvana. "There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn't deal with anybody, didn't talk to anybody, didn't have any friends at all".

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Grammy victor Chris Cornell, whose band Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands that defined the grunge sound that developed in Seattle in the '90s, died Wednesday following a concert in Detroit. We're told Cornell was pronounced dead on the scene.

Soundgarden formed in 1984 and began generating major attention on the music scene by the early 1990s.

The band, who had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with "Superunknown", its 1994 album that launched five singles, won them two Grammys and sold more than five million units in the U.S.

In 2001, Cornell joined with three former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman of Mother Love Bone. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

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Cornell put out two additional solo albums and did a number of soundtrack songs, including the 2006 James Bond Casino Royale theme, "You Know My Name". Their most successful single, "Like a Stone" released in 2003. Elton John tweeted, "Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of (at) chriscornell". Woody repeated that police are investigating Cornell's death Wednesday night as a possible suicide, and that the investigation continues.

Here, we see not only Cornell as a musician, but also as a family man and a guy with a great sense of humor.

Among those responding to the news is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who called Cornell "incredibly talented".

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career.

"The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit".

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The breakup wasn't anything unusual, Cornell told CNN in 2012.

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