Birthplace of grunge mourns 'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell

Fernando Stephens
May 19, 2017

Detroit police spokesman Dan Donakowski said that officers were called to Cornell's room around midnight by a friend of the musician and found Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the rocker took his own life in Detroit.

Cornell performed with Soundgarden just hours before his death at Detroit's Fox Theatre on Wednesday night.

Rolling Stone reported that footage from that show has surfaced on YouTube.

Below are seven facts about Chris Cornell and Soundgarden.

"The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide".

Cornell was known for having one of the best voices in rock music.

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 USA, and launched five hits, including "Black Hole Sun", one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s.

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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Cornell was roommates with Andrew Wood, lead singer of the Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990.

Cornell, who was on tour in Detroit at the time of his death, was 52. Incredibly Talented. Incredibly Young.

One of the locations where people gathered was the Sound Garden art sculpture at a Seattle park, for which Cornell's band Soundgarden was named. The band was on tour when Cornell died.

Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager, and later with alcohol. He never completed high school and said he barely talked to anyone for two years as a teenager.

The group, formed with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, broke up in 1997. I have the ability to do both... and everybody kind of knows that...

Watch Cornell and Pearl Jam - Temple of the Dog, with Vedder - "Hunger Strike" at PJ20 below.

With Audioslave, Cornell took a leftist political slant and the band in 2005 became the first USA rockers to play a major concert in Cuba.

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