Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died at age 52
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died at age 52, his publicist has confirmed to Associated Press this evening.
Brian Bumbery told the outlet that Cornell passed away in Detroit and that the death was 'sudden and unexpected', adding that his family was shocked.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed overnight that preliminary autopsy revealed Cornell died from suicide, adding that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed". He was found deceased in his hotel room just hours after Soundgarden performed a sold out show at Detroit's Fox Theater.
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Chris Cornell started Soundgarden in 1984 with bandmates Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. In the early 1990s, they became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet thanks to their Badmotorfinger and Superunknown records, which spawned singles such as 'Black Hole Sun', 'Rusty Cage' and 'Spoonman'.
The band were one of the most popular to come out of the fertile Seattle grunge scene in the late-'80s and early-'90s, selling tens of millions of records and inspiring countless rock bands the world over.
Soundgarden split up in 1997 but reformed at the beginning of this decade. They released their final album, King Animal, in 2012 and toured the world regularly since their reformation, including shows at the 2012 Big Day Out and Soundwave in 2015. They were in the middle of a US tour when Cornell died.
In 2001, Cornell hooked up with the members of Rage Against The Machine, sans frontman Zach de la Rocha, to form Audioslave. That band released three full-length records in the 2000s and fast became an in-demand headline act for festival all over the world.
Cornell had also made five solo records and one album with another supergroup, Temple Of The Dog, which he formed in the early-'90s with his friends from fellow Seattle grunge stars Pearl Jam. That band recently reformed to perform their first ever live shows in celebration of 25 years since their only album.
Cornell last toured Australian in solo, acoustic mode, playing theatres in November 2015.
In 2006, he wrote and recorded 'You Know My Name', for the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Cornell also played a large part in the hugely influential soundtrack to the 1992 film Singles. Coincidentally, the soundtrack is being reissued today with a bonus disc featuring unreleased songs such as 'Ferry Boat #3', 'Score Piece #4' and rare tracks from Chris Cornell's 1992 Poncier EP.
Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis and three children.