Chris Cornell Dead at 52
Chris Cornell, singer for Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and more, died late last night after Soundgarden's performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," the statement read. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."
First hitting the spotlight with Soundgarden, Chris Cornell became known as one of the best vocalists in music. He went on to release amazing music its Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, Mad Season, and also released five solo albums. His songs have been played and performed around the world, and he is one of the most respected musicians by both music fans and musicians.
It's been reported he was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after last night's show.
UPDATE 2:13pm - After reports earlier in the day of a possible suicide, TMZ and Billboard are now reporting that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the cause of death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell as being “suicide by hanging.” The Associated Press also confirmed the cause of death in a tweet of their own.
WGRD will pay tribute to Chris Cornell every hour today and all weekend, celebrating to life and music of this amazing musician.
We will also update you as we get more information on his tragic passing. Keep checking back for more as we get it.