Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died after hanging himself, medical officials say

As previously reported, Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room after performing a sold-out concert at the Fox Theatre with Soundgarden.

The Wayne County, Michigan medical examiner completed an autopsy Thursday afternoon and confirmed that Cornell died of suicide by hanging.

Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died on Wednesday in Detroit, his representative said.

"The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging. There is no additional information at this time", it said.

The "I Am The Highway" singer was found with a band around his neck inside a MGM Grand casino hotel room around midnight, according to police.

After Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell's death was announced yesterday, attention has turned to footage uploaded to YouTube of his final performance in Detroit.

U.S. rock musician Mark Lanegan, a contemporary from the Seattle grunge era, wrote simply: "RIP Chris Cornell".

Cornell has three children, Toni, Christopher and Lillian.

- Chris Jericho spoke with Loudwire sharing his thoughts on the passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell last night.

Cornell's publicist Brian Bumbery said his death was "sudden and unexpected".

Cornell, 52, died Wednesday night while on tour in Detroit.

Cornell, with little formal training, had one of the music world's most wide-ranging voices which could swing almost four octaves, moving from a deep baritone to a screechingly high tenor.

" 'I would live without both parts, ' Cornell answered".

With his powerful, almost four-octave range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s Seattle grunge movement, along with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Cornell, born in 1964, formed Seattle grunge band Soundgarden in 1984.

Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains were other bands to come out of the Northwestern grunge-rock scene at about the same time. Two members of Mother Love Bone went on to form Pearl Jam and they joined Cornell on a tribute project to Wood - Temple of the Dog - which helped introduce Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder to the world.

  • Salvatore Jensen