Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

According to the Associated Press, the Soundgarden frontman was reportedly found dead in a Detroit hotel room by police on Wednesday evening (May 17).

The news comes as Chris - who is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis, daughters Lillian Jean, 16, and Toni, 12, as well as 11-year-old son Christopher - was in the middle of a tour with Soundgarden, and had been performing a sold-out show at the Fox Theatre just hours before his death.

Detroit police spokesperson Michael Woody released details of Cornell's death, telling Billboard, "When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room".

The Wayne County medical examiner conducted an autopsy Thursday and ruled his death a suicide by hanging, spokesman James Martinez said. An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and some information from it is expected to be released later in the day.

That release followed an opening slot on Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion tour in the United States and Europe between 1991 and 1993, which introduced the band to huge new audiences. They need to be kind of real and they need to have a beginning, middle and an end.

Cornell, who grew up in Seattle, said he was kicked out of school at age 15 and he started using drugs at 13. Cruise down to the comment section below and tell us all about it!

"I don't even know what to say".

Seattle-born Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden, one of the leading bands in the grunge music movement in the '80s and '90s.

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Cornell was a trailblazer in the 90's grunge music scene.

" 'I would live without both parts, ' Cornell answered". "It was like a Detroit, only northwest kind of".

Created in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden had indelible hits like Black Hole Sun, Jesus Christ Pose and Rusty Cage, among others.

Before returning to Soundgarden, Cornell formed the band Audioslave in 2001 with three former members of Rage Against the Machine.

The concert, which took place at the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune in front of what was then the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (the U.S. Embassy opened in 2015), was the first major outdoor concert by an American rock band in Cuba.

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, but reunited in 2010. Also, a poll by Rolling Stone magazine, placed him in the number 9 position of the best singers in history. After the band made a decision to break up in 1997, Cornell pursued a short-lived but well-appreciated a solo career which led up to the 2001 birth of Audioslave which consisted of Cornell and several members of the equally as legendary rock band Rage Against The Machine.

Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP "Euphoria Morning".

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