Rocker Chris Cornell became a star as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave and he has died at the age of 52, according to his representative Brian Bumbery. He had been touring, and he passed away last night in Detroit.
Sources have told 7 Action News the fact that Cornell died at MGM Grand Detroit after a show that he performed at Fox Theatre.
According to Detroit Police, it might have been a suicide, but investigations are still going on to find out exactly what happened.
Police say that his wife called a family friend and she kindly asked him to check up on Cornell’s well-being.
That specific friend went to his place, forced opened the door and found Cornell lying on the bathroom floor, according to Police reports.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Bumbery called his death “sudden and unexpected,” and he also stated that his wife and family were all extremely shocked by it.
According to the statement, the family plans to work as closely as possible with the medical examiner for determining the exact cause of death. The family members also asked for privacy.
Chris Cornell was one of the leading voices of the ’90s grunge movement with his band Soundgarden which became one of the greatest bands from Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining great performers such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.
Soundgarden broke up in 1997 because of the many tensions that were in the band, and after that, Cornell had pursued a solo career.
In 2001 he joined Audioslave which was a group that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.
The band has released three albums during six years and also performed at a concert which was Cuba’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band.
Audioslave broke up in 2007, but Cornell reunited with his former band, Soundgarden, in 2012 and released the band’s sixth album called King Animal in the same year.
Besides his music, Chris Cornell also became involved in various philanthropy actions, and he has founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation for supporting children facing challenges such as poverty, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.