Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52 in Detroit

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

Footage of the singer's final gig surfaced on Youtube on Thursday morning. It included hit singles "Spoonman", "Fell on Black Days", "Black Hole Sun", "My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live". Cornell also exhorted the audience to serve as his backing vocalists. Cornell was found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit following a concert Soundgarden performed at the Fox Theater last night (May 17).

Early Thursday, both Chris Cornell and Soundgarden were trending topics on Twitter across the U.S. The cause of death is now unknown, though reports say that it is being investigated by police as a possible suicide.

Two Detroit newspapers citing a police spokesman are reporting that the body of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found with "a band around his neck". The group's debut album, "Ultramega OK", came a year later and a couple years later Cornell was one of the most pivotal figures of the then emerging grunge scene shortly after the release of 1991's Badmotorfinger.

Cornell was next expected to play in Rock on the Ridge in Columbus, OH, on Friday night.

That same year, Cornell and Soundgarden collaborated with eventual members of Pearl Jam to form the supergroup Temple of the Dog.

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Soundgarden had six studio albums, the first five between 1988 and 1996 and a reunion album "King Animal" in 2012.

Chris Cornell, recognized as having brought the grunge movement of the 1990s into the forefront of youth culture, has died following a gig in Detroit Wednesday evening. They retained their raw energy, and, most importantly, Cornell never lost his lovely and wrenching growl. He was also part of Temple of the Dog, a tribute band to friend and fellow Seattle singer Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, and fronted the band Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine.

He also released solo albums and, Nielsen Music said, as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the United States. The caption of the post was a quote from Cornell: "What I look forward to the most - because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself - is the camaraderie".

In interviews, Cornell discussed his past struggles with alcohol and the impact of his friends' deaths from substance abuse.

He is survived by his wife and their two children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas.

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