Chris Cornell, singer and songwriter for Soundgarden, dead at 52

Chris Cornell, singer and songwriter for Soundgarden, dead at 52
May 18 08:53 2017 Print This Article

Rocker Chris Cornell, best known as the lead singer of the band Soundgarden, has died at age 52 just hours after a sold-out show in Detroit.

The musician’s representative Brian Bumbery confirmed the news that he passed away Wednesday night.

Cornell had been on tour with his band and tweeted out a message celebrating their return to the “Rock City” just before performing Wednesday evening.

The cause of death is currently unknown.

The singer-songwriter made his name with the Seattle-based rock band, creating such hits as “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” in the 1990s, before branching out to create Audioslave, where he found renewed success with former members of Rage Against the Machine.

Cornell also pushed himself as solo artist, putting out four studio albums between 1999 and 2015.

Together, he and Karayiannis had a daughter, Toni, and a son, Christopher Nicholas. Bumbery stated that Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and family were shocked by his “sudden and unexpected” death.

The family has asked for privacy while also pledging to work closely with the medical examiner to determine the reason for his sudden death.

Cornell had another daughter, Lillian Jean, from his previous marriage with Susan Silver, the manager of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.

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