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

Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Elton John: "Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell". In fact, Chris Cornell's last public message to the world was praise for his wife.

(AP Photo/John Carucci, File). As Rolling Stone noted, family was very important to Chris Cornell, and his upbringing had a strong effect on his career in the music industry.

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple of the Dog and also sang with Audioslave - a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine in which Cornell took a leftist political slant.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File). Tributes are flowing in for the late musician.

The American singer is best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for Seattle-based band Soundgarden, who achieved worldwide notoriety with their 1994 album Superunknown.

The Detroit Free Press reported that a band was found around Cornell´s neck.

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Saturday's lineup also included Stone Sour, Pierce the Veil, Greek Fire, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Hush List and Monster Eats Manhattan.

Soundgarden was slated to be among the headliners at this weekend's Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night after performing in Detroit, his representative told CNN.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon.

With Audioslave, Cornell took a leftist political slant and the band in 2005 became the first US rockers to play a major concert in Cuba. The Detroit News cited Freeman in a similar report. The band won two Grammy Awards in 1995. His death was ruled a suicide. "The body was transferred to the medical examiner's office." .

As The Rolling Stones were preparing to play Havana a year ago, more than a decade after Audioslave's show, Cornell talked to The Associated Press about his experience in Cuba.

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Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band's sixth studio album, "King Animal" in 2012. "Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene", the Detroit Police Department's director of media relations told Variety. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to police.

He said Cornell wife and family were shocked by it. Woody says the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

"What I look forward to the most - because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself - is the camaraderie".

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office will make an official determination about the cause of death.

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Soundgarden's lead singer, Chris Cornell, at the age of 52.

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