'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell mourned in city

Danny Woods
May 19, 2017

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died after hanging himself, a USA coroner said on today. Woody said the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

Cornell's wife had asked a family friend him to check on the singer, sources tell WDIV.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office will make an official determination about the cause of death.

"A full autopsy report has not yet been completed", adds a statement. "There's no doubt that Soundgarden's music is very dark and melancholy at times". The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

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He'd spoken candidly in the past about his experiences of depression, telling Rolling Stone in 2015 that his first solo album, 1999's 'Euphoria Morning' (originally titled 'Euphoria Mourning'), was about a particularly hard time in his life. "I'm just shocked", he said. If you were in high school in the 90s, as I was, you probably owned Superunkown because it was one of the best CDs of the era. "And that started to bother me." .

News of Cornell's death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness.

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