Chris Cornell, the dynamic vocalist and guitarist whose versatile showmanship as Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog's frontman was a signpost of the grunge era, died by suicide Wednesday night. He was 52.
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Police received a 911 call at approximately 12 a.m. from a family friend, according to Michael Woody, Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department. When the friend went to Cornell's hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit to check on him, he "made it inside the hotel room, where he found Mr. Cornell unresponsive laying on the bathroom floor," according to Woody. EMS workers pronounced Cornell dead at the scene.Cornell killed himself by hanging, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner (via Associated Press). A full autopsy report was still being completed as of Thursday afternoon.
Born in Seattle, Cornell joined a cover band with bassist Hiro Yamamato in the 1980s. In 1984, Cornell and Yamamoto recruited guitarist Kim Thayil and formed Soundgarden, who would release their first single, "Hunted Down," in 1987. After recording two EPs, the group released their debut album, Ultramega OK, in 1990.
Over the course of six albums, most notably 1991's Badmotorfinger and 1994's Superunknown, Soundgarden became one of the most influential rock bands of the past 25 years, with "Spoonman," "Outshined," "Rusty Cage" and "Black Hole Sun" becoming perpetual rock hits.
Cornell's musical identity extended well past the band. The singer would release five solo albums and three with Audioslave, the latter formed with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.
He most recently released "The Promise," for the upcoming movie about the Armenian genocide of the same name.
source: Rolling Stone