Chris Cornell Passes Away Hours After Soundgarden Gig In Detroit

As The Detroit Free Press reported earlier, local authorities received a 911 call from a hotel just after midnight from a family friend of Cornell, who was apparently conducting a well-being check on the singer (not a good sign, really).

"Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit, MI".

"The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide".

The Guardian pointed out that Cornell had been tweeting messages regarding his sold out concert merely hours before his death.

"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing", Cornell's publicist Brian Bumbery said in a statement.

Cornell, with little formal training, had one of the music world's most wide-ranging voices. Cornell leaves a legacy as frontman for iconic alternative bands including Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.

Page wrote: "RIP Chris Cornell".

On Mother's Day in the U.S. last Sunday he tweeted, "Happy Mother's Day to my mom @ToniKaras you thank for giving me the love of my life." and also acknowledged his wife with, "To my @vickycornell you are an angel and a lioness". "We've lost an icon, a legend, Chris Cornell".

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry posted a picture of himself with Cornell on Twitter with the caption: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today".

In 2001 he went on to front Audioslave with former Rage Against the Machine members Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk.

One of the pioneers of the Seattle sound.

Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well.

Cornell released five solo records and toured Australia in 2015 with a string of shows off the back of the album, Higher Truth.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

  • Leroy Wright