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Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker Chris Cornell takes his own, aged 52

19 May 2017

The death was first confirmed by Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery, who said in a statement to the AP, it was "sudden and unexpected" and that his wife and family were shocked.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman sadly passed away at the age of 52 on Wednesday (17.05.17) night, and it has now been reported by medical officials that the star hanged himself inside his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

On May 14 Cornell posted a heartwarming Mother's Day message online writing: "Happy Mother's Day to my mom you thank for giving me the love of my life".

A bench near the center of the sculpture was covered with flower arrangements, one of which included a note, "Say "hello" to Heaven", a reference to a song written by Cornell for a musician friend who died decades ago.

Just hours before he was found, Cornell played a sold-out show with Soundgarden in Detroit. The friend forced open Cornell's hotel room door and found him.

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Cornell was a trailblazer in the 90's grunge music scene.

Cornell had been on tour in Detroit at the time of his death.

The beloved singer's death was a shock to many, particularly his wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis, who reportedly told friends she spoke to him before his gig and that he showed "no signs of being suicidal".

Chris Cornell may not be as recognizable as Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, but none-the-less, the front man of Seattle band Soundgarden was a major voice in the Grunge music scene that came out of the Emerald City in the 1990s.

The band, which had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with "Superunknown", its 1994 album that won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the US, and launched five hits, including "Black Hole Sun", one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s.

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The group hit its commercial peak with its breakout album, "Superunknown", in 1994, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rock album.

Cornell was one of the founding members of Soundgarden in 1984, and was the lead singer until 1997 when the band announced it was breaking up.

In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. The lead singer of Soundgarden was 52-years-old when he took his own life. Soundgarden reformed in 2010 and released their sixth and final album, King Animal, in 2012. In addition to his notable work in bands, Cornell also had a successful solo career.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

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Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker Chris Cornell takes his own, aged 52