Mu­sic world mourns death of Soundgar­den’s Chris Cor­nell

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - ELAHE IZADI

The news of Soundgar­den front­man Chris Cor­nell’s death, which his pub­li­cist called “sud­den and un­ex­pected,” re­ver­ber­ated through­out the mu­sic world Thurs­day morn­ing.

Cor­nell, 52, was found dead at mid­night in his MGM Grand ho­tel room in Detroit. He was an im­por­tant fig­ure in the grunge rock move­ment, and he was es­pe­cially known for his dis­tinct, multi-oc­tave “ban­shee wail­ing” voice.

A spokesper­son for the Detroit Po­lice De­part­ment told the Detroit Free Press that Cor­nell was found un­re­spon­sive on the floor of his ho­tel room with a band around his neck. The Wayne County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice has ruled his death a sui­cide by hang­ing.

Soundgar­den played at Detroit’s Fox Theatre hours be­fore Cor­nell’s death.

Tributes poured in from musicians of var­i­ous gen­res, and in­cluded leg­ends and newer artists:

“RIP Chris Cor­nell In­cred­i­bly Tal­ented In­cred­i­bly Young In­cred­i­bly Missed.” — Jimmy Page

“SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cor­nell! Such a ter­ri­ble and sad loss! Think­ing of his fam­ily tonight! RIP” — Dave Navarro

“A mu­tual friend called me and tells me my bro passed away. #RIPChrisCor­nell You are a great artist Love to Vicki and fam.” — Nile Rodgers

“Very sad news about Chris Cor­nell to­day. A sad loss of a great tal­ent to the world, his friends and fam­ily. Rest In Peace.” — Joe Perry

“Sad 2 hear of Chris Cor­nell pass­ing. great singer and artist … an­other blow … RIP” — Billy Idol

“Shocked and sad­dened by the sud­den death of @chriscor­nell. A great singer, song­writer and the loveli­est man.” — El­ton John “Rest … Peace” — Chuck D Cor­nell helped form the rock su­per­group Au­dioslave with mem­bers of Rage Against the Ma­chine. The of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count for Rage Against the Ma­chine tweeted a Chris Cor­nell playlist, writ­ing, “To­day’s sound­track. Let’s cel­e­brate the ge­nius of Chris Cor­nell.”

An­thrax gui­tarist Scott Ian posted a pic­ture of Cor­nell on In­sta­gram, writ­ing, “Shock­ing news. My thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends. Go­ing to crank Bad­mo­torfin­ger.”

“This one is shock­ing. Chris Cor­nell was one of the bench­mark vo­cal­ists of our gen­er­a­tion,” Dream Theater drum­mer Mike Port­noy tweeted. “Dev­as­tat­ing loss.”

Others in the en­ter­tain­ment world also re­acted to the news.

“I’m so shocked to wake up and hear about the sud­den pass­ing of Chris Cor­nell,” Car­son Daly tweeted. “A quin­tes­sen­tial voice of a gen­er­a­tion. Pray­ing for his fam­ily.”

“Oh man. Sad to hear of the pass­ing of Chris Cor­nell.” — Eli­jah Wood

“RIP Chris Cor­nell Soundgar­den is for­ever grunge” — Blake An­der­son

“I hope it’s OK with the grief po­lice if I say Chris Cor­nell’s death has come as an un­ex­pected gut punch this morn­ing.” — Ed Byrne

“His voice pul­ver­ized all clas­si­fi­ca­tion, for­ever oth­er­worldly. My heart goes out to his fam­ily. RIP Chris Cor­nell.” — Will Sasso


Chris Cor­nell, 52, was found dead at mid­night in his MGM Grand ho­tel room in Detroit. He was an im­por­tant fig­ure in the grunge rock move­ment.

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