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Medical examiner confirms cause of death for Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell

19 May 2017

For many, "Outshined" was their introduction to Soundgarden, and the pummeling riffage and Cornell's bleak world outlook was the flawless welcome mat.

In the midst of a Soundgarden tour, Cornell and the band had performed that night.

The statement said the family would be working with a medical examiner to determine the cause of death and requested privacy. "There is no additional information at this time".

Cornell died aged 52 on Wednesday night, hours after his last show, joining Cobain, Wood and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley in the grunge afterlife.

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Cornell, on the other hand, was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit Wednesday with a band around his neck.

Not one of the better-known - or even one of the better - James Bond themes, but Cornell joined an elite class of performers when he performed the theme song to the 21st James Bond movie. It's a strangely paced song, halting and propulsive from one moment to the next, and after four minutes of chug-a-lug, the band needs to stamp it with an exclamation point. "There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn't deal with anybody, didn't talk to anybody, didn't have any friends at all. All the friends that I had were still [messed] up with drugs and were people that I didn't really have anything in common with".

With his powerful, almost four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle's emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

The death closes another chapter in grunge, the subgenre that emerged in Seattle in the late 1980s and combined the rough edges of punk rock with a gloomy introspection.

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"#Detroit finally back to Rock City!" he wrote on his official Twitter account. "It was like a Detroit, only northwest kind of". "But you don't know what's going on inside their hearts and their minds".

Soundgarden bagged Grammys in 1995 for their songs Black Hole Sun and Spoonman.

The group, formed with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, broke up in 1997. He went on to form Audioslave in 2001 with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

Those who recall the devastating loss of celebrities past year which included Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Harper Lee, Elie Wiesel, Prince, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Shimon Peres, Arnold Palmer, and Nancy Reagan may be experiencing a bit of déjà vu with this story. Audioslave released three studio albums before Mr. Cornell left in 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. In 2011, Cornell was ranked ninth on the Rolling Stone list of the best lead singers of all-time, selected by its readers. The darkness I knew. The medical examiner determined Cornell committed suicide. It appeared on his second solo album, "Carry On". His death comes as a total shock to all of us. If we are not leading a happy, productive life, we are leading probably an unhappy nonproductive life. You're either going in one direction or in another direction. "All that came out of me trying to imagine why somebody would be, for example, a suicide bomber". "A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man".

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KEXP, Seattle's popular independent radio station, paid tribute to Cornell throughout Thursday morning. During a photo shoot for another cover story we had the members of Soundgarden stand in Green Lake covered with mud, an homage to Mudhoney (another Seattle band in that era still trying to find an audience).