Dave Mustaine dedicates Soundgarden cover to Chris Cornell at gig

The medical examiner's office in Detroit is conducting an autopsy on the body of rocker Chris Cornell, who died Wednesday night.

Rocker Chris Cornell who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden has died aged 52. "A full autopsy report has not yet been completed", the Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement after conducting an initial autopsy. "There is no additional information at this time".

Cornell's wife had asked a family friend him to check on the singer, sources tell WDIV.

Officers said the friend forced open a door and found Cornell in the bathroom.

"He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene", a spokesperson for the Detroit Police said, according to the BBC.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry also paid tribute, writing: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today".

Chris was said to be performing a Soundgarden gig on May 17, at the Fox Theatre, as part of the band's North American headline tour.

Cornell was named "Rock's Greatest Singer" by Guitar World magazine and was ranked 9th on Rolling Stone's "Best Lead Singers of All Time".

Chris Cornell's wife Vicky Karayiannis and their daugther Toni

As loudwire.com reported: "Chris Cornell is one of many men on death row, sentenced to die by hanging".

Stars from the music world have paid tribute to United States rock singer Chris Cornell following his death at the age of 52.

Soundgarden was one of the leading bands in the grunge music movement in the 1980s and '90s, releasing albums such as "Badmotorfinger" and the Grammy-winning "Superunknown", which brought the band mainstream success.

Cornell's 2015 cover of Prince's ' Nothing Compares 2 U' is going viral in the wake of his death, as a devastating reminder of the range and beauty of his voice.

A concertgoer tells PEOPLE that Cornell was enthusiastic and energetic during his sound-out final performance Wednesday night.

Soundgarden would reunite by 2010 and go on to release two more albums, with another en route.

In April, Cornell visited CBS This Morning and appeared to be in high spirits, and even teased a new Soundgarden album.

"It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife's request". He then joined Audioslave, which included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford.

  • Salvatore Jensen