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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died after hanging himself, medical officials say

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died after hanging himself, medical officials say

A family friend called 911 around midnight Thursday after he went to check on Cornell and found the musician "unresponsive" on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand hotel, spokesman Michael Woody said.

A medical examiner has confirmed that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging last night after a show in Detroit, according to the Associated Press. "There is no additional information at this time".

With his powerful, almost four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle's emerging music scene, joining Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

The respected U.S. singer and musician died aged 52, having created memorable tunes with Soundgarden and later Audioslave. As news of Cornell's death began to circulate, there were indications that he was happy and pleasant before his death. He was just 52 years old.

A family friend who spoke with her on Thursday morning told TMZ.com Vicky had chatted with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit, Michigan and after Wednesday night's show, and she insisted her husband was in no way suicidal.




"The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide", the official statement reads.

Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden at the time of his death. The band tweeted Wednesday night a quote from Cornell: "What I look forward to the most...is the camaraderie".

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.

"I've lost a lot of young, brilliant friends, people that I thought were very inspired", he told Rolling Stone in 2015.

After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell pursued a solo career - though only for a few years. And while many of his contemporaries tried to express the disillusionment of the times in sunken growls, Cornell was unafraid to steer his voice preposterously high, dangerously close to the uncool turf inhabited by Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and other fading hair-metal types. He then joined Audioslave, which included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. It's great to still be having new experiences with the same group of guys - because we invented a band together, and kind of co-invented a genre of music.


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