Birthplace of grunge mourns 'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell has died
Chris Cornell dead: Soundgarden, Audioslave frontman was 52

19 May, 2017

The medical examiner confirmed Cornell's death was suicide, The Guardian reports. "There is no additional information at this time", it said. Cornell, 52, was found dead following a concert in Detroit on Wednesday night.

The 52-year-old Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave.

Cornell, who was on tour with Soundgarden, had performed a concert in Detroit on Wednesday night.

Cornell's rep, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to Us that the rocker's death was "sudden and unexpected". Hotel security eventually found him dead and it was later ruled by the medical examiner that the cause of death was suicide by hanging.

His four-octave vocals were built for brooding in the baritone range, and also capable of full blown falsettos when the music got especially intense.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris's family and friends.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker retired to the Detroit's MGM Grand Casino Hotel after the Fox Theater gig where he died by way of suicide, according to a coroner's report. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today". Cornell, whom the BBC said grew up as "a loner, afflicted by agoraphobia and anxiety", knew a little something about that.

Grief-stricken Chris Cornell fans left flowers at memorials across Seattle for the musician whose forceful, somber songs helped cement the city's place in rock history. He added that more details would be released in a statement later Thursday.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died suddenly at the age of 52, according to U.S. reports, saddening music fans the world over.

Musician Chris Cornell poses at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum at RED Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, March 25, 2017.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman of Mother Love Bone.

Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager, and later with alcohol.

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