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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden frontman, dead at 52

Del Cowie

Chris Cornell, best known for leading the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died last night in Detroit. He was 52 years old. In a statement to the Associated Press, Cornell's representative, Brian Bumbery, confirmed the singer's death. Bumbery called Cornell's death "sudden and unexpected."

Detroit's medical examiner said in a preliminary autopsy result Thursday that the 52-year-old singer killed himself by hanging. A spokesman for Detroit police said Cornell's wife had asked a family friend to check on the singer and discovered him unresponsive in his hotel room.

Cornell performed last night with Soundgarden in Detroit at the Fox Theater, and had tweeted about his arrival in the city ahead of the concert.


Soundgarden ended last night's Detrot show with a performance of "Slaves and Bulldozers" from their 1991 album Badmotorfinger and a fan video of the performance is below.

Cornell was best known for his work with Soundgarden, one of the primary grunge bands of the 1990s alongside Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and for songs like the hit "Black Hole Sun," taken from the band's 1994 album, Superunknown.

Cornell would later go on to front the band Audioslave in 2001 with former members of Rage Against the Machine, after Soundgarden disbanded in 1997. Audioslave would break up in 2007, and Soundgarden would reunite in 2010.

Cornell also released a number of solo albums dating back to 1999's Euphoria Morning, and had released a solo single "The Promise" in March.