RIP: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave

Posted May 19, 2017

The medical examiner is in the process of determining cause of death. Woody repeated that police are investigating Cornell's death Wednesday night as a possible suicide, and that the investigation continues. "I've never really been biographical in my lyrics", Cornell said while warming up for a show opening for Guns N" Roses at Madison Square Garden in 1992, "so when I wrote a line like "I'm looking California and feeling Minnesota" from "Outshined, ' it just felt refreshing". He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to police. "That's always a challenge in three in a half or four minutes - to be able to do that, to be able to do it directly", Cornell said of songwriting in a 2015 interview with The Associated Press.

Wayne County spokeswoman Lisa Croff said Thursday morning that the autopsy is being conducted by the county Medical Examiner's office.

Yellowcard guitarist Ryan Mendez expressed his shock, writing "Chris Cornell seriously?" We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris' family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.

After periods of drug and alcohol abuse throughout much of his early career, he managed to get sober in the late 2000s after a stint in rehab. 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. He also spoke of periods of depression and agoraphobia. He balanced that with a solo career that included the song "You Know My Name" on the soundtrack for the James Bond film "Casino Royale". "It's a huge loss". Soundgarden, which Cornell founded in 1984, was particularly important to this movement for being one of the first grunge rock bands to sign with a major label. "Incredibly Young. Incredibly Missed", Jimmy Page tweeted. I've followed his career closely since then and am truly saddened at the loss of an fantastic artist. "R.I.P., Chris".

"That was the toughest time in my life", he told Rolling Stone. The band tweeted Wednesday night a quote from Cornell: "What I look forward to the most...is the camaraderie".

The past several years have seen Cornell both move forward while embracing his past.

Cornell reunited with Soundgarden in 2010, and a sixth studio album (King Animal) was released in 2012. Only instead of jeans, he was wearing shorts covered in silver duct tape due to his propensity for stage diving. With the arrival of drummer Scott Sundquist, Cornell moved to singing full-time and the next year they recorded three songs for the pivotal Deep Six compilation, which placed them alongside fellow grunge architects Melvins and Green River, the latter of which contained future Pearl Jam and Mudhoney members. He held every single person in rapt attention and seemed to have the ability to channel something otherworldly.

"I can't imagine what's going through their heads right now. It's an incredible shame that it's been cut short".