Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Has Died At Age 52

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

Tributes have been paid on Twitter, with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro writing: "SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell!".

Cornell was one of the lead voices of the 1990's Seattle "grunge" scene, with talent that stretched beyond that.

Obviously, Cornell's death doesn't have anything to do with Vedder's wellbeing, and these tweets shouldn't take away from the fact that a family is grieving the loss of their loved one and fans are grieving for an artist who made music they loved.

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Matt Everitt of BBC 6 Music said Cornell's death hit like a ton of bricks. According to his representative.

A rock festival in suburban St. Louis has been canceled following the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. He was 52. Soundgarden was the scheduled headliner for Pointfest on Saturday in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Pointfest, a 105.7 the Point event, was to also feature Stone Sour, Pierce the Veil, Greek Fire, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro and J. Roddy Walston & the Business.

He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and they released a sixth studio album, King Animal, two years later.

Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" There's no talking about the range of Cornell's voice without pointing out the song that thrust it into the spotlight: Soundgarden's breakthrough hit "Black Hole Sun".

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A full autopsy report, including toxicology results, has not yet been completed.

Detroit police told the Free Press Cornell was found in his bathroom with "a band around his neck". "Chris Cornell captured the essence of being a great frontman and will be remembered as being one of the best".

Among those responding to the news is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who called Cornell "incredibly talented". He said that more details would be released in a statement later Thursday.

In 1996, the band released the album Down on the Upside, but then split in 1997.

Cornell was on tour and performed Wednesday night in Detroit with Soundgarden. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home in 1994; his death was ruled a suicide.

Playing a familiar tune of its own on Thursday, mourning another local rock star gone too soon, Seattle independent radio station KEXP gave listeners a bittersweet soundtrack to fill the day as it played songs by Cornell, bands he sang in and those he influenced. Cornell wrote it about his fear of crushing depression, and you can tell.

Cornell was staying at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.

The police department is also investigating this as a suicide: "The victim's wife called a family friend to check on him". Fans of Cornell speculated that Cornell may have died as a result of autoerotic asphyxiation, but the medical examiner did not explicitly cite that as a cause of death. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and have asked for privacy.

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