Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice, and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave died overnight in Detroit at 52 years old. He was found recently past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit; city police tell NPR.
No reason for death has been release, pending a therapeutic inspector’s report.
“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” Brian Bumbery, Cornell’s representative, says in a statement. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
A Detroit Police Department representative tells various media outlets that Cornell’s passing is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Cornell played a seminal role in the birthplaces of grunge music, establishing Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. Together with other Seattle locals Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, the band — and Cornell’s voice — would go ahead to characterize a sound that carefully chose components of punk and metal and bent them into a distinctive brew all their own.
At Soundgarden’s pinnacle of fame in the mid-1990s, the band’s collection Superunknown earned a Billboard No. 1 make a big appearance and a Grammy selection for best rock record.
After the band separated in 1997, Cornell sought after a a solo career. However just for a couple of years. By 2001, he had helped found the supergroup Audioslave with a few individuals from Rage Against the Machine.
Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well.
In 2012, Soundgarden came back with its first studio collection in about ten years and a half — a reality NPR’s Rachel Martin specified in a 2015 meeting with Cornell, soon after he had quite shortly after he had just released a new solo album.
Rachel asked him: Do you require both the band and the performance work to make you entire as an artist?
“I would live without both parts. But it’s a lot more satisfying to have them. It’s great to be still having new experiences with the same group of guys — because we invented a band together, and kind of co-invented a genre of music. Being able to come back and experience being a band together at a different time in our lives has been rewarding, but it’s also just really nice to still share some part of my life with these people that have been so important to it.’ ”