Sad news to report that Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave has been found dead.
Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery has confirmed the death and according to WXYZ, Cornell was found dead in which appears to be a suicide after Soundgarden's Detroit show at The Fox Theatre.
Cornell's wife called to have someone check on his well-being and had to force the door in, and he was found on the bathroom floor in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
With the toll of grunge rockers adding another to their list, Cornell's family is requesting privacy during this time. Chris is quoted in CNN from a Rolling Stone interview on Substance Abuse and Alcohol abuse, saying that "I've lost a lot of young, brilliant friends, people that I thought were very inspired... They're all young and these guys all had limitless potential in their lives in front of them." It is unclear at this time if Cornell's death is a result of substance abuse.
Soundgarden gained their fame in the early 90's and reigned until 1997, in which they disbanded, and then reunited and continued to play in 2010. During and in the midst of this hiatus, Cornell was a part of supergroup Audioslave, which lasted from 2001 to 2007. He also was a part of another supergroup with members of Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, which existed for many years before going on tour this past fall/winter, marking the 25-year release of their album.
NPR notes that Superunknown was the album that brought Soundgarden to the mainstream, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995.
The range and unique sound of Cornell's voice was one of the most favored in Rock History, especially with grunge, Active and Alternative Rock music. On top of all his work between the two bands, Cornell also released many solo albums.
An outpour of mourning has begun as this morning's news travels between reports, and tweets from rockers like Dave Navarro and the official Rage Against The Machine Twitter account. We're sure to see many more as we mourn the star, and reopen the wounds of other recent rockers lost.
Gary Graff, a representative for Billboard, as well as other Detroit publications, shared that last night's event had Cornell showing no signs of distress. "Cornell was in fine form and spirits as the Seattle quartet tore through the two-hour show. Though there's now a macabre irony in the frontman's choice to slip a bit of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying" into the closing "Slaves & Bulldozers," Cornell was nothing less than ebullient through the night, in good voice -- hitting all the expected screams -- and fist-bumping with fans in the pit in front of the stage."
Graff spoke with photographer Ken Settle on the event, and he noted the difference in behavior, very much opposite than some of the shows he'd photographed in the past. "I shot Chris with Soundgarden back in the early '90s, and sometimes he could seem fairly sullen onstage. But last night, during what I shot, he seemed very upbeat, engaging the audience much more than I remember in the past."We will keep you updated as information comes in on this tragic event.
Graff sums it up perfectly with the end of his write-up, stating "...Cornell and Soundgarden made his last performance one that will only embellish his legacy as one of rock's truly great frontmen."
RIP Chris Cornell.
We will keep you updated as information rolls in on this tragedy.
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