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Autopsy being conducted on body of Chris Cornell

19 May 2017

Soundgarden had one of the heaviest sounds in grunge with trappings of heavy metal, even though Cornell cited The Beatles, to whom he listened constantly as a child, as his biggest influence.

I bonded with my wife over two Chris Cornell songs, after he'd broken off from his other groups and before reuniting. Kurt Cobain, Nirvana; Chris Cornell, Soundgarden.

Seattle rock icon Chris Cornell has died at age 52.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File).

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Meanwhile, Jason Aldean, who performed Just Gettin' Started with the late rocker at the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special, adds, "I only got to work with Chris once, but he was a true rock star". According to his representative. For the entirety of the two-hour show, Cornell appeared to be in high spirits, interacting with fans far more than he usually would, and looking happy to be back in Detroit.

"We are moving in the direction of a possible suicide but we are waiting on the Medical Examiner's Office to provide their report", Woody said.

The band - also comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd - were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday (19 May), with the run ending in Oklahoma on the 27th. The song, from the almost unparalleled Soundgarden album "Badmotorfinger", was heavy and unapologetic, and considering it was delivered to the crowd by peers and not rock gods, that says a lot about those who crafted the tune in the first place. The singer, 52, took his own life after he performed a concert in Detroit on May 17.

The Soundgarden frontman died after a performance in Detroit alone in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel. He co-founded the band Soundgarden, fronted the band Audioslave, and founded and fronted the band Temple of the Dog.

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"It is being investigated as a possible suicide". An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and some information from it is expected to be released later in the day.

Cornell was named "Rock's Greatest Singer" by Guitar World magazine and was ranked 9th on Rolling Stone's "Best Lead Singers of All Time". This was the observation made on a separate Billboard article that reviewed Soundgarden's Wednesday night show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Police spokesman Michael Woody tells The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he can't provide details on what led investigators to make that determination, but noted there were "basic things observed at the scene". The friend forced open Cornell's hotel room door and found him.

A preliminary post-mortem examination has been carried out but "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed", said the Wayne County medical examiner's office. Bumbery said that the musician's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and family are shocked by the news and asking for privacy.

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