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Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at 52


Chris CornellChris Cornell, the musician best known as the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in a hotel room in Detroit, on Wednesday 17 May, at the age of 52. The discovery was made just hours after Cornell and Soundgarden played a sold-out concert at the city’s Fox Theatre.
Cornell was found in the bathroom of his hotel room, after his wife asked a family friend to go check up on him, according to a report from The Guardian. His representative, Brian Bumbery, described his passing as “sudden and unexpected” in a statement to press issued earlier today.
Soundgarden was one of the biggest grunge bands of the 1990s, and Cornell’s instantly recognizable vocals contributed a great deal to the band’s success. A few years after the group broke up in 1997, the singer hooked up with former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. One of his biggest chart successes as a solo performer was You Know My Name, which was written as the theme song for 2006’s Casino Royale.
In 2010, Soundgarden reformed, and would go on to tour extensively and record new material. The band was currently in the midst of a lengthy tour of the United States, which was set to wrap up before the end of the month. Shortly before the show, Cornell tweeted a photograph of the venue alongside the caption “finally back to Rock City!!!!”
Over the course of his career, Cornell had battled drug and alcohol addition, but in recent years was living a healthier lifestyle. He checked into rehab in 2003, and was reportedly sober from that point until the end of his life.
Detroit police are currently investigating the musician’s death as a potential suicide. Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis, their daughter Toni, and their son Christopher, and his daughter Lillian from an earlier marriage to former Soundgarden manager Susan Silver.


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