Chris Cornell Has Passed Away

Chris Cornell's death Wednesday night (May 17th) in Detroit following a Soundgarden show in the city has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an autopsy on Thursday. He added that the family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death". "There is no additional information at this time", the statement explained.

The rocker's wife, Vicky Karayiannis Cornell, and the rest of the family, "were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing", publicist Brian Bumbery said.

Cornell was found unresponsive in his room's bathroom floor by a family friend who had gone to check up on him after the concert.

"Just now waking up to the news about Chris Cornell".

He eventually became a Grammy victor with Soundgarden, formed in 1984 and coming out of the rapidly growing Seattle music scene, which included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. 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.

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album Superunknown, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995.

Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page described him as an incredibly talented artist. In 2012, it released "King Animal", its first album in 16 years, which Pareles said "sounds like four musicians live in a room, making music that clenches and unclenches like a fist".

According to BBC, Cornell died soon after performing at a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening.

Cornell returned to mainstream consciousness in the early 2000s when he formed rock supergroup Audioslave with ex-band members of Rage Against the Machine.

Cornell also had an extensive solo career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist and worked with various other musicians over three decades in the music business.

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