Chris Cornell dies at 52: Soundgarden and Audioslave singer killed himself

Posted May 19, 2017

Best known as the lead singer for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell, 52, achieved multi-platinum success, earned multiple Grammys and wrote and performed the theme song for the James Bond movie "Casino Royale".

Chris Cornell, the iconic grunge singer that fronted bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in Detroit today. "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", he said. No cause of death was given pending a medical examiner's report.

The Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and lyricist was recognized for his powerful, almost four-octave vocal range. The band was scheduled to play Friday at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

A bench near the center of the sculpture was covered with flower arrangements, one of which included a note, "Say "hello" to Heaven", a reference to a song written by Cornell for a musician friend who died decades ago. "I didn't realize growing up as kid that Seattle had much more of a hard rock focus and a guitar rock focus than other cities did", Cornell told the AP in 2011.

Musicians and non-musicians alike mourned the loss of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell on social media.

But fame found them anyway, turning Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, and Eddie Vedder into a new kind of idol: scrappy art-punks, skaters, and dropouts suddenly thrust into the role of stadium-filling, magazine-covering millionaires.

Another voice from SoundDiego, Robin Roth of KFM-BFM, shared one of her favorite memories of Cornell: "I'll never forget seeing Soundgarden for the first time in December of 1989 at the Whiskey a Go Go".

3 YEARS AGO - See photos of Cornell with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails at DTE in 2014.

In the late 1990s, Chris Cornell began a solo career that would eventually span five albums.

He eventually became a Grammy victor with Soundgarden, formed in 1984 and coming out of the rapidly growing Seattle music scene, which included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Earlier this year he released a new solo single titled The Promise. He is also survived by his 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

Cornell was also a huge Seattle Supersonics fan.