Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

The medical examiner's office in Detroit is conducting an autopsy on the body of rocker Chris Cornell, who died Wednesday night.

The music world woke up today to the tragic news that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died following a show in Detroit.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon.

"There is no additional information at this time", the Wayne County office added. Woody said Cornell's wife had called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

It's been reported by medical officials that the star hanged himself inside his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

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The band broke up in 1997, with Cornell starting a solo career that included a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 2000. He had just performed a set with Soundgarden the night prior.

This particular song may not be the first song of the singer's that we think of (I'd argue that honor goes to "Black Hole Sun" or "Spoonman"), but it absolutely carries the signature of Cornell: rocking, rollicking, and bursting with energy. Many felt that while Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and other Seattle area bands were the life blood of Grunge, Temple of the Dog was the Seattle Music scene at its finest.

Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney were among the most high-profile bands to come out of Seattle and dominated the pop culture landscape of the early and mid-1990s. This is because there was a man who launched a campaign to protect none other than Betty White from 2016 celebrity deaths past year, CNN reminds us.

The group's defining moment was a 2005 concert in Cuba, which at the time was billed as the country's first outdoor rock concert by an American band. Eventually, his songs were worked into the film's soundtrack and he helped with the score, but it's a moving anecdote that is hard to read today, but is important because it highlights the best parts about that community, and Cornell himself. Soundgarden reformed in 2010 and released their sixth and final album, King Animal, in 2012.

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