Chris Cornell dead at 52

chris-cornell2Update: The medical examiner’s office said on Thursday (May 18): “The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”

Chris Cornell, who grew recognition as frontman of rock band Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52.
The musician’s representative called his passing on Wednesday night “sudden and unexpected”, and said his wife and family were shocked by it.
Cornell, who gain popularity with the 1990s grunge band Soundgarden, then went on to form the supergroup Audioslave.
He was also known for the James Bond theme song You Know My Name of the 2006 movie Casino Royale.
The musician died in Detroit, hours after he performed with his old band Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday evening.
As the lead singer for Soundgarden, Cornell helped architect the 90’s grunge rock movement, later merging with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to form the one-hit supergroup Temple Of The Dog.
He had lately pursued a solo career and had just released a new single titled The Promise.
He was also a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer who became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.
His representative’s statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

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