Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 19, 2017

A medical examiner determined that Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert on Wednesday.

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2010 and has been playing shows regularly since then, including the concert the night of Cornell's death (where Cornell's voice was reportedly still on fine display).

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon.

But Woody told AP that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck and that the investigation into his death continues.

"Police now say the death of Chris Cornell appears to have been a suicide". Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

In interviews, Cornell discussed his past struggles with alcohol and the impact of his friends' deaths from substance abuse.

Singer Chris Cornell performs at Prophets of Rage and Friends' Anti Inaugural Ball at the Taragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Soundgarden's current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27. Audioslave's first release, the self-titled 2002 album, went triple platinum in the U.S. and was succeeded by two follow-ups, Out of Exile and Revelations, before the band broke up in 2007.

Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody told The Associated Press Thursday morning that he couldn't release details about why police are investigating the death as a possible suicide, but noted that there were "basic things observed at the scene". He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor.

"There is no additional information at this time", the Wayne County office added.

Emotional tributes have been paid to musician Chris Cornell, best known as the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, after the tragic news that he passed away aged 52.

"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", reads the statement.

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