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Chris Cornell hanged himself, medical examiner says

19 May 2017

"The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide", the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement after conducting an initial examination on Thursday. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and have asked for privacy.

The music world has been paying tribute to Chris Cornell who died on Wednesday night (17 May) aged 52.

Mr. Freeman said that the victim's wife had called a family friend to check on the man; the family friend forced his way into the man's room at the casino and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Emergency medical personnel arrived, and Cornell was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

"It is being investigated as a possible suicide".

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Cornell tweeted about being back in Detroit ahead of the performance. His passing was "sudden and unexpected", his representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to CNN.

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple of the Dog and also sang with Audioslave - a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine in which Cornell took a leftist political slant.

Chris Cornell died this morning at the age of 52.

Cornell was found at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel by a family friend who had been asked by the rock star's wife to check on him.

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"I didn't realize growing up as kid that Seattle had much more of a hard rock focus and a guitar rock focus than other cities did", Cornell told the AP in 2011. Halfway through, they segued into a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying". In 1984, he formed the band Soundgarden, which was influential in the 1990s grunge movement.

The band had only performed the mash-up version of that song a couple of times before, and it took some by surprise, as it did not appear on the paper set list present at the gig, leading some to believe it was an impromptu sign from Cornell. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home in 1994; his death was ruled a suicide.

"Chris Cornell he's like 12 years younger than me, he's my friend and we'd go out together for dinner".

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Chris Cornell hanged himself, medical examiner says