Soundgarden star Chris Cornell dead at 52

Posted May 19, 2017

As you may know already, Chris Cornell suddenly passed away earlier today. The Detroit News cited Freeman in a similar report.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died Wednesday night.

The sad news of Chris Cornell's death has shaken the musical industry and the fans of the genre.

Soundgarden performed at the Fox Theatre Wednesday night, just hours before Cornell's death.

Chris Cornell's cause of death has been revealed as suicide by hanging.

Cornell had been on tour in Detroit at the time of his death. The group formed in 1990 and released one album in tribute to Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose that year. His death was recently confirmed as a suicide by asphyxiation.

Soundgarden signed with A&M Records in 1988, the first grunge band to sign with a major label, though the band did not achieve commercial success until the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. The station played nonstop songs from Soundgarden and Cornell's other bands and solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him.

He and the band were in Detroit, Michigan, for a concert. He founded the band Soundgarden in 1984, but they wouldn't find big fame until 10 years later when their album Superunknown launched them onto the charts with the singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman".

Later, Cornell and Soundgarden reunited and in 2012 released the band's sixth studio album, King Animal.

Aside from Soundgarden, Chris was a founding member of the rock outfit Temple of the Dog and the politically-driven supergroup Audioslave, which included members of Rage Against the Machine.

The band broke up in 1997 but later reformed.

The final solo recording released by Cornell was "The Promise", released on May 10.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.