The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell was tragically found dead aged 52. After initial reports broke with the cause of death unknown, it has now been reported that his death was a suicide.
The star was reportedly found dead in a hotel bathroom after taking his own life.
The philanthropic rocker, who spent his life fundraising for charity, was reportedly found dead in a hotel bathroom after taking his own life.
He has only just finished a performance with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre on the night of May 17th.
— Amy Andrews Fox 2 (@AmyAndrewsFOX2) May 18, 2017
BREAKING – 2 SOURCES tell me that #ChrisCornell death appears to be a suicide. Im told that he was found in the bathroom from MGM hotel room
— Chuck Jackson (@Local4Chuck) May 18, 2017
— Matthew Smith (@MattSmithWXYZ) May 18, 2017
His last song on the night “In My Time Of Dying” referenced his deathbed.
Cornell posted a Tweet just before his show in Detroit Wednesday night.
It said, “Finally back to rock city!”
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
Cornell was famed for his incredible four octave vocal range. He was one of the leading voices of the 90’s grunge movement among other legends like Kurt Cobain. His band Soundgarden emerged as one of the biggest bands to come out of Seattle’s emerging music scene joining the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 following tensions in the band. Cornell then went on to persue a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup comprised of Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. They released three albums in six years.
Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Soundgarden went on to reunite in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal” in 2012.
As well as being a music star, Chris Cornell was involved with philanthropy. He started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.
He will be sadly missed by all those his music and kindness touched.