Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, 1964-2017
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner.
TheWayneCountyMedicalExaminer’s Office said it had completed the preliminary post-mortem examination on Cornell but that “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed”.
Cornell’s death at the age of 52 stunned his family and his die-hard fans, who he had just performed for hours earlier at a show in Detroit.
Soundgarden’s current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through until May 27.
Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden – with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim – but also found success outside the band with other projects, including Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog as well as solo albums.
He was widely respected in the music industry. Cornell reached success in every band line-up he was part of, his voice was memorable and powerful, and he was a skilled songwriter.
He became a Grammy winner with Soundgarden, formed in 1984 and coming out of the rapidly growing Seattle music scene, which included Nirvana and Pearl Jam.