Chris Cornell: 1964 - 2017 (updated)
Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has tragically died, aged just 52. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery told the Associated Press that Cornell had passed away last night (May 17) in Detroit.
Just hours earlier, Cornell had played a full, 20-song Soundgarden gig at the Fox Theatre venue.
Bumbery added that Cornell’s family have asked for privacy. He said they will be “working closely” with a medical examiner to determine the cause of death.
Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected”.
Cornell was best known for fronting Soundgarden from 1984 to 1997 and again from 2010 to the present day. The band’s most successful album, 1994’s ‘Superunknown’, charted at Number One in the US and sold nine million copies worldwide.
Cornell later fronted Audioslave, who released three albums between 2002 and 2006. He also released four solo albums, the most recent of which, ‘Higher Truth’, came out in 2015. Earlier this year he teamed up with Sting to perform a number of Soundgarden and The Police songs at a charity show.
Tributes have been coming in from fans and fellow musicians around the world who praised Cornell’s voice in particular.
He is survived by his wife,Vicky Karayiannis, and his three children.
Detroit police say the death of Chris Cornell is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Police spokesman Michael Woody tells The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he can’t provide details on what led investigators to make that determination, but noted there were “basic things observed at the scene.”
Woody says Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. He says Cornell’s wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell. Woody says the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office will make an official determination about the cause of death.
Cornell’s death was a suicide, says Medical Examiner
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has said that “Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert,” according to the Associated Press.
A full autopsy report has not yet been completed.