Autopsy being conducted on body of Chris Cornell

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 19, 2017

Cornell was a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical career playing drums, piano and guitar before discovering his incredible three-octave vocal range and putting it to good use with a multitude of bands in the Seattle scene and beyond. Cornell died on Wednesday night in what police say is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away earlier today at the age of 52.

Cornell, 52, was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden, which had embarked on a USA tour in April, CNN reports.

Variety magazine said Cornell died after appearing late Wednesday at Detroit's Fox Theater, the latest stop on a national tour by Soundgarden. In a review of a 2011 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, The New York Times chief pop critic Jon Pareles called Soundgarden "one reunited band that can pick up right where it left off".

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.

The cause of Cornell's death was not immediately reported. A post on his Twitter account Wednesday announced that the group had arrived in Detroit, and a clip of the group's 2012 release "By Crooked Steps" was posted to his official Facebook page hours before his death.

"I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16", he told Rolling Stone in 1994. He contributed the song "Seasons" to the soundtrack of "Singles", Cameron Crowe's love letter to the Seattle music scene, and performed alongside other members of Soundgarden in the film. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.

Cornell released five solo albums, starting with Euphoria Morning in 1999. He covered Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" on his Carry On album.

In 1991, the band released the platinum album Badmotorfinger.

The video features Beavis and Butt-Head enjoying various Chris Cornell hits.

" 'I would live without both parts, ' Cornell answered". If we are not leading a happy productive life, we are leading probably an unhappy non-productive life.

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