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Chris Cornell dies at 52: Soundgarden and Audioslave singer killed himself

19 May 2017

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52, and police said Thursday that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

"Just now waking up to the news about Chris Cornell".

Soundgarden was one of the leading bands in the grunge music movement in the 1980s and '90s, releasing albums such as "Badmotorfinger" and the Grammy-winning "Superunknown", which brought the band mainstream music scene success.

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Cornell also had a successful solo career, producing five albums, and worked on movie soundtracks. Bumbery also stated that Cornell's family will be working close with the medical examiner and requests privacy in this devastating period.

The Wayne County (Mich.) Medical Examiner's Office ruled Cornell's death a suicide by hanging. Soundgarden's current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27. "And to lose another frontman here in Seattle, I don't care how long it's been since we lost the last, it's devastating", KEXP DJ John Richards said.

Cornell, 52, was found dead in a bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel on Wednesday night after performing in the city with the grunge band. He formed Soundgarden in 1984 in the city along with guitarist Kim Thayil and bass player Hiro Yamamoto.

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Later, Cornell and Soundgarden reunited and in 2012 released the band's sixth studio album, King Animal. Also, a poll by Rolling Stone magazine, placed him in the number 9 position of the best singers in history.

The singer died in Detroit where the band performed on May 17. They recorded and released three albums between 2002 and 2006, establishing themselves as a standalone presence and not just a mash of two powerhouse configurations.

KEXP, Seattle's popular independent radio station, paid tribute to Cornell all day.

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"He was a huge influence, one of the greatest singers ever to come out of Seattle, maybe the greatest single voice", said Charles R. Cross, a Seattle-based music journalist and author who knew Cornell personally. According to Cornell, the band itself spent $1 million to fund the concert, which was arranged in accord with the U.S. State Department and Cuban officials as a cultural exchange. The Detroit News cited Freeman in a similar report.