Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

May 19, 2017, 04:48
Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

The Detroit medical examiner has since confirmed that the cause of his death has been determined as suicide by hanging.

With his powerful, almost four-octave range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s Seattle grunge movement, along with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Soundgarden reactivated in 2010, issuing King Animal in 2012, while Temple of the Dog came together to tour in 2016. "He captioned the image: "#Detroit finally back to Rock City!"

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album Superunknown, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995.

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The band split in 1997, which is when Cornell went solo.

In 2001, Cornell joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details are made available.

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The world of music was left in shock on Thursday (18May17) when Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery announced the singer had passed away at the age of 52 just hours after performing with his band Soundgarden in Detroit, Michigan.

His first solo album, 1999's "Euphoria Morning", was a dark album that was initially supposed to be titled "Euphoria Mourning". He was central in making "Like A Stone" one of the most successful alternative tracks of the 2000s. It appeared on his second solo album, "Carry On".

In his time at the top of the rock and grunge scene, Cornell battled substance abuse and other demons that also plagued so many of his contemporaries. If a person doesn't have enough food, they actually are hungry. You're either going in one direction or in another direction. "A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man". The band were scheduled to play a number of live shows later this month. I took this picture of him and Jimmy Page in 2014.

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