Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Chris Cornell dies at 52: Soundgarden and Audioslave singer killed himself

He described the death as "sudden and unexpected" and said that his friends and family were shocked by it.

Chris Cornell - frontman for rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave - died at 52 from suicide by hanging, a Wayne County, Michigan, medical examiner confirmed to TheWrap on Thursday. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. The friend forced open the door to Cornell's room at the MGM Grand Detroit and discovered Cornell on the bathroom floor.

A different Detroit Police spokesman, Michael Woody, told The Associated Press Thursday that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck.

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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today".

Chris Cornell became famous as the lead singer of the band Soundgarden, one of the leading groups of the grunge movement launched in Seattle in the 1990s, along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Cornell was best known for his signature howl on Soundgarden hits such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Blow Up the Outside World", but later in his career he performed stripped-down acoustic covers of songs that showcased his vulnerability. Cornell also released five solo albums and recorded three albums with Audioslave. He later went on to form Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine.

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2010 and has toured regularly since then. He released the single "The Promise" in March on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization.

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