Breaking CHRIS CORNELL: Dead at 52

Written by on May 18, 2017

CHRIS CORNELL: Dead at 52   

Chris Cornell Photo by Kevin Winter Getty Images

Chris Cornell Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Chris Cornell died Wednesday night at the age of 52.
Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog singer found in Detroit hotel room after an apparent suicide.

The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave had just finished a show in Detroit. His rep called the death “sudden and unexpected.” His family is working with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and are asking for privacy. (ABC News)

Cornell was scheduled to Perform Friday Night with Soundgarden at Rock On The Range.

Fans and friends are waking up to the news and sharing their thoughts on Twitter. Elton Johntweeted, “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.” Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perryadded, “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. Carson Daly called Cornell “A quintessential voice of a generation. Praying for his family.”

Born Christopher John Boyle, Cornell grew up in Seattle, the middle sibling among five children.

He founded Soundgarden in 1984. After putting out a few EPs, they released the album Ultramega OK in 1988. It spun off the minor hit “Flower” and earned their first Grammy.

A year later, they became the first grunge band to sign with a major label, A&M, and put out Louder Than Love. 1994’s Superunknown contained the mega-hit “Black Hole Sun” and went to number-one on the Billboard album chart. Soundgarden issued five albums before splitting in 1997, and one more in 2012 after reuniting.

Cornell went on to form Audioslave with the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine after Zach de la Rocha had left that group. Their first two albums both went platinum. They also reunited in 2017 for an anti-Donald Trump protest show.

Most recently, Cornell had recorded the solo track “The Promise” for the film of the same name and attended a screening of the movie at the Vatican.

Cornell leaves behind his second wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and three children.

Watch Chris Cornell’s Final Performance with Soundgarden

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