Police say Cornell had band around neck

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

Cornell's body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in downtown Detroit.

Chris Cornell, founding member of cult bands Soundgarden and Audioslave - who was credited as being one the principle players in the rise of grunge music - has died, aged 52.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon.

It further read, "There is no additional information at this time".

Matt Everitt of BBC 6 Music said Cornell's death hit like a ton of bricks. They put out three albums together over six years and enjoyed hits such as Like a Stone and Cochise before disbanding in 2007. He received some bad news involving a family tragedy and wasn't able to do it and I will always wonder what it would have sounded like.

While Cornell's death has been determined a suicide, there were no indications from his performance Wednesday night (May 17) that he was depressed or upset, reports Billboard.

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Heavy is the Head gave the Zac Brown Band number ones in both the Mainstream Rock and Country Airplay charts in the U.S. It was also the final number one for Cornell.

In 2001, after lead singer Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against The Machine Chris Cornell joined the members of the band and formed a new outfit, Audioslave. 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. Our condolences go out to Cornell's loved ones. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Yet Soundgarden, which broke up in 1997 and reunited in 2010, was just the beginning of a career that kept taking unexpected turns.

The biggest difference this time around?

NPR's Rachel Martin talked to Cornell in 2015.

Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis-Cornell, their two children Toni, 12, and Christopher Jr., 11, and his 16-year-old daughter with ex-wife Susan Silver, Lillian Jean. Their songs included "Hunger Strike" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven". In the Guardian interview, he mentioned he'd even been dabbling in the Paris restaurant scene. "It's good for me to be involved in different things".

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