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SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell Dies At Age 52

Posted by on May 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

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Update (7:20 am): Local Detriot news station WXYZ is reporting the worst right now:

Sources confirm to 7 Action News that Cornell died at MGM Grand Detroit following a show at Fox Theatre. Detroit police say it appears he died from a possible suicide.

Police say Cornell's wife called a family friend and asked him to check on his well-being. The friend forced opened the door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor, according to police. We're told Cornell was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to Setlist.fm, the last song he performed was "Slaves & Bulldozers" mixed with a refrain from Led Zeppelin's "My Time of Dying."

We'll update when we know more.

Legendary singer Chris Cornell, who found fame in Soundgarden and later Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, died Wednesday night at age 52, according to his representative.

Cornell, who was on tour with Soundgarden and The Dillinger Escape Plan, died "sudden and unexpected" Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Bumbery told AP that Cornell's wife and family were shocked by his death, and the statement said that the family would be working with the medical examiner to determine his cause of death and asked for privacy.

Cornell performed last night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, and was expected to play Rock on the Range in Columbus Friday, according to The Independent.

Born and raised in Seattle, Cornell formed Soundgarden with guitarist Kim Thyail and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. The group was the first grunge band to sign to a major label when they inked a deal with A&M Records in 1988.

Cornell had racked about every award, nomination and honor you can think of during his short 52 years. He was a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated, singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.

He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by Guitar World in 2013, and 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone's readers in 2011.

This is a total shock and a heartbreaking one.

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