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Autopsy being conducted on body of Chris Cornell

Autopsy being conducted on body of Chris Cornell

USA musician Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, died on Wednesday in Detroit, his representative said.

"Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell".

According to the statement, the family would be working as closely as possible with the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death.

Following the breakup of Soundgarden, Cornell recorded a solo record, before being recruited as the singer for Rick Rubin-produced supergroup Audioslave, which also featured former members of Rage Against the Machine. Cornell's sudden passing comes during Soundgarden's spring tour of North America, which began last month with three festival appearances in Florida before officially launching in Atlanta, GA on May 3. The video for Black Hole Sun was an MTV smash, as was Spoonman. "When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room", Woody said. He also provided the soundtrack for the revamped James Bond franchise, penning You Know My Name for Casino Royal - the first movie to star Daniel Craig as James Bond- with composer David Arnold.




Cornell's publicist has confirmed that the musician died on Wednesday night, the same night that Soundgarden played a show in Detroit.

Musically, Cornell is taking more chances than ever with his dark, enormous voice, gliding through R&B, acoustic ballads and '60s pop, as well as the Zeppelin-ized hard rock that Soundgarden trafficked in so gloriously. It's like school; it's interesting. It wasn't a big deal. "But once I removed the mountain and the bike, there was just the drinking".

He later told Details magazine: "When I transitioned into adulthood - high-stakes emotional responsibilities - I did everything I could get my hands on. All the friends that I had were still (messed) up with drugs and were people that I didn't really have anything in common with". Then he rushes to comfort her: hey, don't worry about it, I'm always bummed out.

Born in Seattle in 1964, Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has two children, ages 11 and 12.


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