Chris Cornell frontman of rock band Soundgarden has passed away from suicide.
It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Soundgarden’s lead singer, Chris Cornell, at the age of 52. He began Soundgarden back in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and went on to help create Audioslave with members from Rage Against The Machine, as well as the supergroup Temple of the Dog, which featured frontman Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. His death was recently confirmed as a suicide by asphyxiation.
Cornell was currently on tour with Soundgarden and had performed that night in Detroit. Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery made a statement to the Associated Press that his death was ‘unexpected’ and ‘sudden’ and that Cornell’s wife and family were in shock. Bumbery also stated that Cornell’s family will be working close with the medical examiner and requests privacy in this devastating period.
Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody told Associated Press Thursday morning that while he couldn’t release details about why police are investigating the death as a possible suicide, he was able to note there were “basic things observed at the scene.” Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. Woody said Cornell’s wife had called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; 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.
During the 90’s grunge movement, Cornell was at the front of the pack with other 90’s rock legends at the time. He had an impressive voice with a four-octave range. Soundgarden’s fame from the Grammy-winning album Superunknown back in 1994, with the hit song ‘Black Hole Sun’.Were you a fan of Christ Cornell’s bands? If so, what was your favorite album/band that he was a part of? Let us know in the comments, or talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, and Discord!
RIP Chris Cornell, and thank you.